Foreign affairs

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.

From the start of the peace talks in Ecuador on 7 February 2017.

Hallmarks of Norway’s peace and reconciliation work

Norway’s peace and reconciliation efforts vary depending on the conflict in question and the local conditions, but there are certain general features of Norway’s engagement that are common to all Norway’s efforts in this area.

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

We strive to ensure that more women participate at all levels of peace and reconciliation efforts, and that all those involved in a peace process know how to integrate the gender perspective into their work.

Nordic observer at Sri Lanka. Photo: SLMM

Norway’s engagement in peace work – by country

Norway is involved in peace efforts in a number of countries. An overview is given here. However, much of Norway’s work in this area is confidential, so it is not possible to give an exhaustive overview.

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The work for a Palestinian state continues


On 22 September, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt chaired a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), the international donor group for Palestine, at the UN Headquarters in New York. The participants at the meeting included Mohammad Shtayyeh, Alon Ushpiz, Josep Borrell, Sameh Shoukry, Ayman Safadi, Ann Linde, Tor Wennesland and representatives of other member countries of the AHLC.

Joint statement after Afghan meeting in Oslo


Norway hosted 23 January a meeting in Oslo between a group of Afghans from various sectors of the society and the de facto authorities – the first such meeting. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss pressing issues directly and to prepare ground for further discussions. The participants gave a joint statement after the meeting.

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