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.
  • Support for a political settlement of the Afghan conflict

    There is growing international recognition that the Afghan conflict should be settled politically, and not by military means alone.

  • Peace and reconciliation efforts in Colombia

    The armed conflict in Colombia has lasted for more than 50 years. It has had severe humanitarian consequences and caused great suffering to the civilian population. Several hundred thousand people have been killed, and more than six million have been forced to flee their homes.

  • The peace talks at the Philippines

    The armed conflict between the Philippine authorities and the NDFP communist movement has lasted for more than 45 years, with intermittent peace talks being held since 1986.

  • Syria: Norway has facilitated discussions of longer-term political solutions

    Syria is a clear example of how war and conflict can, in a short space of time, set back a country's development by several decades. So far, the war has probably resulted in the deaths of over 300.000 people, but the numbers are highly uncertain. It is estimated that half of the population are now refugees outside Syria or internally displaced within the country.

  • Support to democracy efforts and human rights in Myanmar

    Norway has supported efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Myanmar for many years. This support has mainly been channelled through civil society organisations in Myanmar and Norway.

  • Sri Lanka: Support efforts to find a political solution

    On the invitation of the Sri Lankan authorities and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Norway played the role of neutral facilitator of the negotiations between the parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka from 1999 to 2006. Norway's mandate was simply to facilitate the peace process between the authorities and the LTTE.

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