Peace and reconciliation efforts

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.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, with former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, at a peace conference outside Oslo. Photo: MFA

Norway's peace and reconciliation 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.

Young women taking part in the demonstrations at the Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Frode O. Andersen, MFA

Women’s participation in peace processes

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.

Nordic observer at Sri Lanka. Photo: SLMM

Norway’s engagement in peace processes since 1993

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 Philippines: Third round of peace talks

'I would like to congratulate the Philippine Government and the communist movement NDFP on having completed a constructive third round of peace talks. Both sides are still showing great willingness to find a solution to the conflict. I am pleased that the parties have agreed to meet again in Oslo in April for a new round of talks,' Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said.

Statement at the Conference for peace in the Middle East

Statement by Foreign Minister Børge Brende at the Conference for peace in the Middle East in Paris, 15 January 2017.

Norway elected to UN Peacebuilding Commission

‘Norway will play an active and constructive role in the UN Peacebuilding Commission. We will use our experience in the areas of conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding to strengthen the UN’s work to promote peace and development,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Section for Peace and Reconciliation

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Address: Postboks 8114 Dep. , N-0032 Oslo
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