Dialogue Builds Peace, Prevents Conflict

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

The International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding focuses on 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 rights and sacred sites, and the promotion of youth led civic engagement.

The Center convenes 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. With an office in both the U.S. and Norway, the Center is working on building a physical site that would provide an optimal environment conducive to dialogue, mediation, and advanced learning.

Earth Day Climate Communiqué

In collaboration with climate leaders, the International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding will continue to support the advancement of The Earth Day Climate Communiqué—the outcome of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo.

Alongside the United Nations 24th annual climate conference, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum gathered some of the world’s foremost climate leaders in Oslo who discussed climate change as a matter of international peace and security and how climate-smart finance, cities and subnational actors could drive significant change forward in meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement (2015), to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.

Climate change is a threat multiplier, as well as an accelerant for armed conflict, putting the stability of nation states at risk and undermining regional and international peace and security in fundamental ways—threatening the viability of natural systems and human settlements, economies and political systems.

Without serious and rapid global mobilization and collaboration among a multiplicity of actors to address, mitigate and reverse human-induced climate disruption, many of the drivers of conflict are likely to worsen in significant ways.

While this may involve a reinvention of multilateralism, pioneering leadership across the globe is urgently needed. We must reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050—an unprecedented innovation challenge requiring political will driven by radical integrity, creative, inclusive collaboration, and no excuses.

Read the full Communiqué here →

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.

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