NOREF is committed to mitigating and resolving armed conflicts through informal diplomacy and support to Norwegian and international mediation efforts.
Decommissioning of former combatants in Mindanao
A ceremony in Cotabato city on 7 September marked an important milestone in the decommissioning of combatants of the armed Muslim insurgency in the southern part of the Philippines. In this upcoming phase the first 12,000 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces will be decommissioned by next year, and all 40,000 members are due to turn over their arms by 2021. NOREF has supported the decommissioning mechanism with expertise since 2016.
New publication: The role of the Armed Forces in the Colombian peace process
The unprecedented active involvement of the Colombian Armed Forces in both the negotiations and the implementation of the peace agreement was one of the key features of the successful peace process. A new NOREF report by Omar Cortés and Juanita Millán describes the leading role that the Armed Forces played in the Colombian peace process, highlighting the infrastructure created to carry out this role, gender-related innovations in aspects of the ceasefire and laying down of arms, and the challenges the Colombian military had to face in assuming this role.