Dialogue Builds Peace, Prevents Conflict

“The best weapon is to sit down and talk”
– Nelson Mandela

The International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding at Bdote will provide a physical site and professional environment conducive to dialogue, mediation, and advanced learning. It will host leaders from government, international organizations, business, and civil society to dialogue and take action around drivers of and solutions to conflict — providing a space for building sustainable local, national and international peace and security.

The Center will prioritize conflict prevention and peacebuilding, supporting and advancing work on: early warning, disarmament; poverty; non-partisan democracy assistance; climate, water and food security; empowerment of women and girls; indigenous issues, including the Dakota/Nakota/Lakota nation, and the promotion of youth led civic engagement.

The Center will be located at “Bdote” — sacred and historic ground known to the Dakota as the ‘confluence of two rivers’ or ‘the meeting place’. Bdote extends outward from the confluence of the Mississippi River (‘Haha Wakpa’) and the Minnesota River (‘Mni Sota Wakpa’) and stretches as far as Bde Maka Ska, near what is now Uptown Minneapolis.

According to origin stories of the Bdewakantunwan Dakota (one of the Seven Fires of the Dakota Oyate), the point where the two rivers come together, the Bdote, is the center of the earth and where the Dakota people originated. For centuries, long before the arrival of Europeans, Bdote was meeting grounds for indigenous from other nations and as a site to resolve internal conflicts among the Dakota.


The Nayzul Declaration

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu-Tum, Grand Chief Edward John, Hereditary Chief of the Tl’azt’en Nation and member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, President of the Sami Parliament Aili Keskitalo, and Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Keeper of the Sacred Bundle and Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota people have put forward the “Nayzul Declaration”.

In collaboration with the First Nations Summit, the International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding will support the advancement of The Nayzul Declaration — the outcome of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo.

The Nayzul Declaration calls for a constructive and focused multi-stakeholder dialogue process that includes indigenous peoples, state representatives, industry groups and other relevant bodies to co-create inclusive strategies to address the steady rise in extractive industries, including the ever-growing demand for minerals that make a rapid clean energy transition possible.

Read the Nayzul Declaration here →

(Featured in the photo from left to right: Fred de Sam Lazaro, Special Correspondent PBS NewsHour; HolyElk Lafferty, Dakota leader at Standing Rock; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu-Tum; Grand Chief Edward John, Hereditary Chief of the Tl’azt’en Nation and member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; President of the Sami Parliament Aili Keskitalo; photographed at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo.)

High-Level Climate Dialogues

Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation, is a dialogue initiative co-convened by the International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding, Citizens’ Climate Education, with technical support from the Geoversiv Foundation. This series of high-level dialogues brings together select action-focused leaders to small work-oriented (Chatham House) discussions to challenge the limits of past thinking, call on personal and sectoral experiences and creativity, and outline accelerated pathways for effective action on climate and energy, following on from the Paris Agreement.

Upcoming Dialogue

Toward Economy-Wide Resilience Intelligence

Building on December’s post-Summit Working Dialogue on Resilience Intel, we are convening a high-level working dialogue, the week of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, to focus on action steps for tracking and reporting economy-wide resilience intelligence. Participants will discuss:

  • technical challenges and solutions for establishing the climate-smart finance aggregator,
  • how to achieve a coherent, yet evolving core methodology able to adapt to critical innovations and to new market dynamics,
  • what indicators finance ministries can use to track unaccounted macro-critical value across their home-market economies, and
  • next steps for integrating and mapping both high-level and community-level resilience intelligence indicators.

Dialogues To Date

  1. October 2015, Minneapolis — The Climate Action Opportunity
  2. December 2015, Paris — Business Model Change and the Carbon Delta
  3. April 2016, Washington — Assessing the Carbon Pricing Value Chain
  4. May 2016, Oslo — Evolving a Climate-Smart Financial Sector
  5. June 2016, Minneapolis — Macro-critical Climate Resilience
  6. September 2016, New York — Climate, Peace and Security in the SDGs
  7. October 2016, Washington — Carbon Pricing as the Foundation for Future Business and Community Value
  8. November 2016, Marrakech — Accelerating NDC Action
  9. April 2017, Washington — Building Fiscal Resilience
  10. December 2017, Paris — Working Dialogue on Resilience Intel
  11. April 2018, Washington — Toward Economy-wide Resilience Intelligence

Full Series History →