Annual meeting of the Nordic Women Mediators in Copenhagen
The annual meeting of the Nordic Women Mediators (NWM) takes place in Copenhagen on 21 – 22 November 2018. Members from all five Nordic networks come together for a two-day meeting to discuss approaches to including women in mediation and peacebuilding, this year with a particular focus on Syria.
Kenyans launch National Dialogue Process
On September 11-13, some 500 Kenyans from all over the country met to launch an inclusive and structured national dialogue process at Nairobi’s historic Ufungamano House. Under the aegis of Kenya’s religious leaders, the first National Dialogue Conference (NDC1) convened men and women, youth, people with disabilities and organisations charged with their representation, as well as civil society, trade unions and the private sector. Ahead of the dialogue, NOREF provided preparatory training to 37 women taking part in the process.
Women mediators: they exist and they have the experience
In March 2018 regional women mediators networks and international organisations met in Oslo to discuss the possibility of establishing a wider global alliance of women mediators. Watch the video where select members participants options and potentials.
Mariano Aguirre to leave NOREF in 2020
Mariano Aguirre will leave NOREF in 2020 following a decade-long commitment to establish and develop the Centre to its present status.
Colombian School of War study visit to Oslo
A group of high ranking officials (CAEM) from the Colombian School of War visited Norway in June. The visit was co-hosted by NOREF and the Norwegian Defence University College and builds on a long-term Norwegian engagement with the Colombian military.
Seminar report: Implementing peace in Colombia: the challenges of FARC reintegration
Earlier this year Wilton Park and NOREF convened a meeting in Colombia addressing the challenges of reintegration of FARC former combatants into civilian life. The meeting provided an informal, unofficial opportunity for key stakeholders and Colombian and international reintegration experts to explore together how to tackle the challenging issues facing implementation of the reincorporation phase. The report of the seminar is now publicly available, in Spanish and English.
Against the odds: civil society in the UN intra-Syrian talks
Well into the eight year of armed conflict in Syria there are not many highlights to report. Attempts to facilitate political solutions since 2011 have so far failed or stalled, despite the efforts made. The intra-Syrian talks in Geneva are still only so-called “proximity talks”, and the parties are as far from engaging directly with one another as ever. One aspect of the process which has not stalled, however, is the civil society track, as pointed out by Sara Hellmüller (swisspeace) and Marie-Joëlle Zahar (University of Montréal) in a new brief.
New report: Inclusive constitution making in fragile and conflict-affected states
Support for constitution making is an important element of international engagement in countries emerging from conflict or political transition. This support often focuses on promoting inclusive constitution making, recognising that this can help establish a more inclusive state. An inclusive constitution-making process, however, does not automatically generate inclusive content and outcomes.
Regional Women Mediators Network meeting: The Chair’s statement
On 21-23 March, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRIO and NOREF hosted a meeting of representatives from various regional networks of women mediators, including FemWise-Africa, the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network and the Nordic Women Mediators. The meeting, also attended by representatives from the UN and other key multilateral organisations, sought to discuss opportunities for the possible establishment of a wider alliance of regional women mediator networks. As a follow-up to the event, The Chair's statement is now available.