UN Secretary-General to Norway and Oslo Forum

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide is hosting the annual Oslo Forum, a meeting place for leaders from all over the world, at Losby Manor outside Oslo on 19 and 20 June. UN Secretary-General António Guterres will also take part at this year’s Forum. After taking part in the Forum, Mr Guterres will attend an audience at the Royal Palace, and will have an additional programme with Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Among the participants are Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process in the   Philippines Jesus Dureza, US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global   Coalition to Defeat ISIL Brett McGurk, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de   Mistura and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. Foreign ministers of   Algeria, Jordan, Oman, Tanzania and other countries will also take part.

The Oslo Forum has become one of the world’s most   important meeting places for facilitators, mediators, government leaders and   other key actors in peace and conflict resolution processes. More than a   hundred researchers, mediators and politicians with experience of a range of   peace and reconciliation processes will be attending the Forum.

‘Peace and reconciliation efforts are a key element   of Norwegian foreign policy, and our work in this area is increasingly linked   to security policy considerations. We are living at a time of great   uncertainty. We are facing new threats and seeing the rise of new   geopolitical power constellations. Global security, economy and welfare could   be undermined. Working together with the UN for peaceful resolution of   conflicts is a way of safeguarding our common interests.

‘I am delighted that António Guterres has accepted   the invitation to participate at this year’s Forum. I’m looking forward to   the discussions with him and the other participants on what we can do to make   peace efforts more effective in response to today’s conflicts,’ said Ms   Eriksen Søreide. 

The theme for this year’s Forum is ‘The End of the   Big Peace? Opportunities for Mediation’. This theme was chosen against the   backdrop of the changing conflict landscape. While the peace negotiations   with FARC in Colombia, for example, only involved two parties, the situation   in today’s most serious conflicts is more complex. Militias, terrorist   groups, porous borders and weak governance structures are all complicating   factors. Conflicts can spread across borders, and are increasingly taking the   form of proxy wars. As a result, conflicts are causing more casualties and   are also becoming harder to resolve. The situation in Libya, Yemen, Mali,   Syria, Colombia and the role of religious groups in peace facilitation are among   the topics that will be discussed at this year’s Forum.

Press programme at Losby   Manor (subject to change)

Tuesday 19 June

08:00 – 08:30: Arrival of press. Security screening.

09:00: Press conference with the participants in the   opening panel: UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Somali Prime Minister   Hassan Ali Khayre and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

09:30 – 09:40: Members of the press can follow the   start of the opening session, which will be led by Foreign Minister Eriksen   Søreide via a video link in the press room. Audio and video recordings may be   made.

Accreditation

Media that are interested in covering this year’s   Oslo Forum or Mr Guterres’ visit must apply for accreditation here by 13:00 on Thursday 14 June.

Mr Guterres’ additional   programme

In addition to taking part in the Oslo Forum, Mr   Guterres will attend an audience at the Royal Palace. He will also meet Prime   Minister Erna Solberg at the Nobel Peace Center to open an exhibition on the   UN Sustainable Development Goals. After this, they will have bilateral talks   and will meet representatives of the recently established High-level Panel on   Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy, which Norway initiated.

A press conference with Ms Solberg and Mr Guterres   will be held at the Norwegian Maritime Museum, Bygdøy, at 14:25. A more   detailed programme for Mr Guterres’ visit will be sent to accredited members   of the press closer to the time.

Press contacts 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde, ane.lunde@mfa.no,        mobile +47 976 71 250

Photos from this year’s Oslo Forum will be published   on Flickr here.

 

Office of the Prime Minister: Tor Borgersen, tor.borgersen@smk.dep.no,           mobile   +47 909 38 987

Photos from Mr Guterres’ programme with Ms Solberg   will be published on Flickr here.