We are glad to announce that Lillehammer Dialogue City is now open for registration. This is the venue for all working on dialogue for peace and democracy, says Alfredo Zamudio, director for the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.
In the summer of 2018, dialogue practitioners, researchers, government officials, donors and community leaders will gather to explore how dialogue can be useful to handle the impact of conflicts and to prevent new ones, and how dialogue is an essential part of democracy.
Lillehammer Dialogue City is a call for action by the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.
2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. Much have happened since then and many of today´s conflicts are the continuation of unsolved problems from that war. We open the conference asking what WWI can teach us about today´s conflicts, and why should we pay attention to the disruptive force of lack of trust. Is there an urgency of dialogue to defend democracy? What is the consequence of lack of trust in a democratic society?
In Lillehammer Dialogue City you can meet peace builders and dialogue practitioners from Oslo, Sulaymaniyah, Bogotá, Nairobi, Prijedor or Kabul. Around the world, dialogue practitioners are working to create inclusive communities, transform conflicts and promote sustainable peace. The 2018 Lillehammer Dialogue City conference was established to be their venue.
This is a safe space and venue for six vital conversations about dialogue, reconciliation, forced displacement, Sustainable Development Goal 16 and about women and youth in peace and security. Participants will make recommendations on achieving inclusion to strengthen democracy and durable peace, and dialogue practitioners from conflicts and post-conflict situations will share their reflections of success and failure.
Lillehammer Dialogue City culminates with the traditional midsummer celebration at the Maihaugen Museum.
Photos: Kirsti Hovde