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.

Challenges for implementation of a peace agreement

'For Colombia, a peace agreement represents only a beginning. The real challenge is what lies ahead. Norway has a long-term partnership with Colombia, and will continue to provide assistance in the post-conflict phase', said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen in his statement at a seminar on the Colombian peace agreement.

Promoting New Actors and Innovative Approaches in the Field of Peacebuilding

Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are joining efforts to promote new actors as well as innovative approaches in the field of peacebuilding. This joint Public-Private Partnership on Peacebuilding (Px4 Initiative) will provide funding for one to three consortia that will present projects involving a U.S., a Norwegian and at least one Southern/emerging power partner. Grants can be up to USD 1 million. Deadline for applications is Saturday 15 November 2014.

Gaza conference in Cairo on 12 October

The Governments of Egypt and Norway, together with President Mahmoud Abbas, are hosting a conference entitled ‘Reconstructing Gaza’ in Cairo on 12 October. Political and financial support is urgently needed to re-establish services and enable early recovery in Gaza.

Palestine in a critical phase

‘Palestine is in a critical phase, and the coming months will be decisive for both political and economic developments. The donor countries must contribute funds for the reconstruction of Gaza. However, only easing the restrictions can make the Palestinian state sustainable,’ said Mr Brende.

Opening Address at the AHLC-meeting in New York

'Gaza cannot be pacified or dealt with in isolation from the other constituent part of the prospective Palestinian state. The state-building project will never become a reality without the reintegration of Gaza and the West Bank – politically, economically, and ultimately in terms of security', Foreign Minister Børge Brende, said in his speech in New York on 22 September 2014.

Norway promises increased support for Iraq

‘Today’s meeting of the Security Council sends an important signal of international support for Iraq in its fight against the extremist organisation ISIL,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Hope of democratic dialogue in Sudan

The UK, the US and Norway, which make up the Troika, issued a joint statement today supporting the African Union’s efforts to bring about a ceasefire in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. ‘It’s vital to bring together all the parties in Sudan in a national dialogue to discuss the country’s political, economic and social challenges,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

New deadline for the parties in South Sudan

‘It is regrettable that the parties to the conflict in South Sudan have failed to fulfil their obligations to introduce a ceasefire and establish a framework for the formation of a transitional government, as they agreed in June. I urge the parties to take advantage of the new opportunity they have been given to establish a national unity government with broad representation within 45 days,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Norwegian support to dialogue and cooperation in Cyprus

The last few months, the UN has given important positions in Cyprus to two Norwegians. Did you know that Norway also provides substantial support for dialogue and reconciliation across the divide through the EEA and Norway Grants?

Historic peace talks on Colombia

‘This has been a historic week in the peace negotiations in Colombia. Never before in any peace process have the victims been invited to participate at the negotiating table,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Section for Peace and Reconciliation

Telephone: +47 23 95 14 88

Address

PO Box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse

Peace and reconciliation

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

Contact information

Section for Peace and Reconciliation

Telephone: +47 23 95 14 88

Address

PO Box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse