Peace and reconciliation efforts
Published under: Solberg's Government
Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For several decades, Norway has played the role of facilitator between parties to conflicts. Promoting conflict resolution and reconciliation is a central aspect of Norwegian foreign policy.
Norway has been engaged in a number of peace and reconciliation processes as facilitator and as a supporter of the UN and other actors since the early 1990s. Support for affected countries during and after conflicts has become an important part of Norway's foreign and development policy.
A key objective for Norway is to ensure that women are able to take part in peace processes and that the rights of both women and men are safeguarded in peace processes and peace agreements.
The following is an overview of areas where Norway has made an active contribution to peace and reconciliation processes. Norway’s contribution counts countries and regions as Afghanistan, Colombia, South Sudan/Sudan, the Middle East and different conflicts in Asia.
‘The signing of a new peace agreement gives Colombia the chance to bring an end to decades of armed conflict. Recent armed confrontations show that the ceasefire is fragile, and there is no time to lose in implementing the peace agreement,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The parties in the Philippine peace process have reached agreement on issues that have blocked progress for many years. The agreement to recommend amnesties and a ceasefire is a breakthrough. The parties have agreed to speed up the peace process, and aim to reach the first substantial agreement on economic and social reforms early 2017.
The refugee crisis and large-scale humanitarian crises arising from conflicts, wars and terrorism have meant that we have had to increase our focus on fragile states and regions. Conflicts, wars and terrorism have catastrophic consequences for those who are directly affected.