9:00–09:40 Opening and Welcoming remarks
09:45–10:45 High-level discussion: Solving conflicts in a complex world
10:45–11:15 Coffee break
11:15–12:45 PLENARY 1: ADDRESSING COMPLEXITY IN NATIONAL DIALOGUE PROCESSES
11:15–11:35 Keynote speech
11:40–12:45 Moderated panel discussion
13:45–15:30 Parallel thematic sessions 1
a) Where is gender in dialogue facilitation?
b) National Dialogue – A role in bridging Libya’s complex tradition?
c) Inside or outside – and does it matter? Mobilising for peace outside of the room
15:30–16:00 Coffee break
16:00–17:45 Parallel thematic sessions 2
a) The role of dialogue in regional stabilisation efforts in the Lake Chad Basin
b) Land rights in peace negotiations: The key to sustainable peace and natural resources management
c) National Dialogues in Kenya as a contribution to prevention
8:30–8:40 Opening of the second day
8:40–9:30 PLENARY 2: PEACETECH – DOES IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
08:40–09:00 High-level keynote speech
9:00—10:15 Moderated panel discussion
10:15–10:45 Coffee break
10:45–12:30 Parallel thematic sessions 3
a) Reconciliation, psychosocial support and dialogue
b) National Dialogue limits in the age of hybrid media
c) Asymmetrical federalism negotiations: the challenge of addressing diverse demands for autonomy and self-governance
13:45–15:30 Parallel thematic sessions 4
a) What should a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Somalia look like? Understanding the local context while learning from past processes
b) Peacetech in practice: How digital tools support the work of young peace actors
c) The Yemeni NDC: Moving forward after four years of conflict and regional involvement
15:30–16:00 Coffee break
16:00–17:00 Closing discussion: Reflections from the conference
17:00–17:15 Closing remarks
A range of thematic and case-based background documents are produced for each National Dialogue Conference. This material serves each particular conference, but also provides to wider learning and knowledge production around the theme.
The Conference will be held within walking distance of the city centre and we can recommend a variety of options suitable for participants:
Hotel Scandic Grand Marina Katajanokanlaituri 7, 00160 Helsinki
Hotel Haven Unioninkatu 17, 00130 Helsinki
Hotelli Seurahuone Kaivokatu 12, 00100 Helsinki
Hotel Kämp Pohjoisesplanadi 29, 00100 Helsinki
Hotelli Cumulus City Kaisaniemi Kaisaniemenkatu 7, 00100 Helsinki
Hotel Fabian Fabianinkatu 7, 00130 Helsinki
Hotel Lilla Roberts Pieni Roobertinkatu 1-3, 00130 Helsinki
Sokos Hotel Helsinki Kluuvikatu 8, 00100 Helsinki
Helsinki International Airport is located 19 km north of the city centre. There is a convenient public train link as well as a bus connection running continuously from the airport to the city centre. A taxi to the city centre costs approximately 40-50 euros. Duration of travel with all aforementioned options varies between 25-30 minutes to central Helsinki.
Tickets for public transport, including trams, buses and the metro, can be purchased at ticket machines, or the driver (buses and trams only). Day tickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1–7 days. They can be purchased at ticket machines, from the Tourist Information office or at the Helsinki City Transport service point at the Central Railway Station. Tram number 2 is regarded as the sightseeing tram in Helsinki, a way to travel around among the locals.
The centre of Helsinki is easily accessible by foot. Taxi stands are conveniently located throughout the centre and can be ordered either by your hotel lobby or directly by calling for example the following numbers (charges apply):
Taksi Helsinki – Tel. +358 (0)100 0700
Lähitaksi – Tel. +358 (0)100 7300
Kovanen – Tel. +358 (0) 200 6060
If you need a Schengen visa to enter European Union and Finland, please contact the Conference secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. The secretariat provides you with an invitation letter that should be presented in the application process.
For international travel insurance, please contact the Conference secretariat at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Helsinki is located in GMT+2.
The average daily temperature in the beginning of June stays around 14°C. Warmer days will see a beautiful 19°C high while nights can cool down to about 9°C as the lower. There is typically rain on 17 days throughout the month and therefore it is advisable to come prepared for some rain as well as cool temperatures.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute’s online weather forecasts for Helsinki can be found here:
Finland is part of the Eurozone. Restaurants and shops accept major credit cards.
Wireless internet access is available at the Conference venue – The House of the Estates – and the password will be displayed on-site. Helsinki hotels generally provide Wi-Fi to guests.
Electricity is supplied in Finland at the European norms of 230V (with a frequency of 50 Hertz). As in most European countries (except the UK), electrical plugs in Finland need two round pins. They can be the ungrounded Europlug Type C or the grounded Schukoplug Type E/F.
The emergency number is 112. This number can be reached on all phones, foreign and national.