Peace and reconciliation efforts

Since the early 1990s, Norway has been playing an important role as facilitator in a number of peace and reconciliation processes. Norway’s experience has shown that small countries can also play a constructive role in resolving complex armed conflicts, even without the direct involvement of the UN or the major powers.

Norwegian peace efforts are, however, contingent on all the involved parties showing a genuine will to negotiate and on their acceptance of Norway as a facilitator. Norway can offer long-term political and economic involvement, including after a peace agreement has been reached.

Peace agreement signed in the Philippines

On Thursday, the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a peace agreement that brings an end to the conflict on the second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and several thousand have been internally displaced as a result of the protracted conflict.

Address on the situation in Syria and South Sudan and Norway’s engagement

"The suffering of the people in these two countries is of concern to us as fellow human beings. We have a moral duty to get involved. But our humanitarian engagement is also linked to our own security policy interests", said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, in his address to the Storting.

Norway to provide NOK 6 million to AU peacekeeping mission

The Government is providing NOK 6 million to support the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic.

Conclusion of peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

“It is very encouraging that the parties have now agreed to all chapters in the comprehensive peace agreement. The agreement demonstrates the parties’ commitment to achieving peace and development in Mindanao”, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Ceasefire agreement signed in South Sudan

“Norway welcomes the ceasefire agreement in South Sudan. It is crucial that the parties now keep strictly to these agreements. All hostilities must cease at once and civilians must gain access to humanitarian assistance,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Address at Geneva II Conference

"The suffering men, women and children of Syria need peace and an end to the violence. They need the opposing parties to commit to this process so that they can freely choose their future leaders", said Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende in his address at the Geneva II Conference on Syria.

New breakthrough in Colombian peace talks

In Havana today the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC-EP, announced that they have reached an agreement on political participation. The agreement is to ensure broad participation in the political process.

Opening speech at a seminar on International Mediation Trends: processes and experiences

"The human tragedy (in Syria) compels us to do our utmost to end the violence. To prepare the ground for a political settlement. And to limit the devastating consequences for the region", Foreign Minister Børge Brende said at the opening of a seminar "International Mediation Trends: processes and experiences" in Ankara.

Norway’s engagement in peace processes since 1993

Here are the main peace processes in which Norway has been actively and directly involved. However, this list is not complete, as some of the talks Norway is involved in are carried out in confidence.

The Philippines – successful first round of talks in Norway

On Monday 21 February, a successful first round of talks between the Philippine authorities and the communist movement was completed in Norway. These were the first formal talks between the parties since 2004.

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Film: Norwegian Peacemakers

Monocle joins Norway's peace and reconciliation unit as they bring the Colombian government and FARC rebels to the negotiating table. Norwegian Peacemakers. Writer: Steve Bloomfield. Photo: Jørn Tomter