Monday, November 13, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Oslo Norway 2017

Quotes from the official Nobel Peace Prize Forum website are in italics:

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is held every year on 11 December as part of the annual Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo. The 2017 theme, “Across Dividing Lines,” will address indigenous rights within the context of social justice and environmental protection. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as the 25th anniversary of Dr. Rigoberta MenchĂș Tum receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with indigenous peoples’ rights.

"What better opportunity, then, for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo to invite Dr. Rigoberta MenchĂș Tum to talk about the state of affairs concerning indigenous peoples in the world?  
This year’s Forum headline, “Across Dividing Lines,”speaks to the ambitious goal of providing a dialogue and mediation platform for representatives regarding the Nussir copper mine conflict in the municipality of Kvalsund in Norway."

The event will also shine a lens on other ongoing indigenous issues like the Standing Rock conflict in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, US and the Forum will provide opportunities for sharing lessons learned and strategies for the future through a high level dialogue after the main public plenary presentations.

"The Forum brings together a unique constellation of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and other international thought-leaders; leading representatives of governments and international organizations; scholars; civil society leaders and activists, business and private sector actors; journalists; and youth across the globe, including students. Serving as an arena for interdisciplinary discussion and reflection on pivotal and timely issues of importance to international peace and security, the Forum assembles 500 participants at the Oslo University Aula - an historic and iconic hall in central Oslo adorned with original paintings by expressionist painter Edvard Munch.
"The Nobel Peace Forum Oslo is broadcast to a global audience and streamed live online. The Forum welcomes viewers’ comments and questions via social media before and during the Forum. Some of the questions from our global audience will be brought into the live discussion.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo is organized by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Nobel Peace Prize – Research and Information AS in partnership with the University of Oslo. The inaugural Forum was made possible by generous financial support from InCircl and GoodXChange."