Oslo forum 05 - Annual Mediators' Retreat
Conflict mediation: diverse approaches, common dilemmas
27-28 June 2005, Oslo
With global military spending at a longtime high, continuing inter-state wars and proposals for the creation of a UN Peacebuilding Commission and a UN Mediation Support Unit, the Oslo forum 2005 had a vast array of topics to draw from. Is the international community consistent enough in its ambition to resolve armed conflict given the insufficient collaboration and cooperation between actors? Will a UN Peacebuilding Commission have the strength to overcome this challenge? How can patience in peacebuilding and peacemaking be reconciled with the immediate demands to end murderous wars and to meet international standards? Some 30 participants discussed these and other issues, and sought to jointly examine their different approaches.