Mr Støre, Aung San Suu Kyi and Bono took part in a panel debate at the opening of the Oslo Forum entitled “Changing the unchangeable: the role of dialogue in transition”.
Role of dialogue in transitions in the Middle East and Myanmar
The main theme of this year’s meeting is the role of dialogue in transition. The participants will be offered insights into the transition processes in Myanmar, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Current conflict situations that will be examined include those in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Ways of strengthening knowledge about the results of peace processes and the politicisation of humanitarian aid are two key topics for discussion.
The objective of the Oslo Forum is to share practical experience of mediating between parties in conflict with a view to improving the international community’s ability to address armed conflict. It is an important part of Norway’s work to systematise and professionalise international peace efforts.
Other participants at the Oslo Forum include Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Myanmar’s Minister of Industry U Soe Thane, President of the International Crisis Group Louise Arbour, Head of the Philippines Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process in the Philippines Teresita Quintos Deles and Commissioner for Peace and Security in the African Union Ramtane Lamamra.
This year’s meeting is the tenth in a row, and is organised in cooperation between the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, which is based in Geneva.
More information about this year’s Oslo Forum is available at: http://www.osloforum.org/
Nobel Peace Prize lecture 21 years on
While in Oslo, Ms Suu Kyi will meet the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, and she will be given an audience at the Royal Palace. These meetings will reflect the close and longstanding relationship between Ms Suu Kyi and Norway.
In his conversations with Ms Suu Kyi, Mr Stoltenberg will focus on her important role in the democratisation process in Myanmar, and on Norway’s engagement in the country.
Apart from these meetings, Ms Suu Kyi will also hold the Nobel Peace Prize lecture that she was unable to hold in 1991.
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See the video of Ms Suu Kyi and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s joint press conference at the Norwegian government’s official webpages.
Pictures will be published throughout her visit on Flickr.
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