National Dialogues Conference 2022

15-16 June 2022 | Helsinki, Finland

The Conference on National Dialogues and non-formal dialogue processes, or National Dialogue Conference, provides a safe and inclusive space for joint reflection and in-depth discussion between the invited practitioners, stakeholders, and experts working with peace mediation and dialogue processes in different contexts.

The NDC is hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland, The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, Finn Church Aid, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, and Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation.

In cooperation with Felm, CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, and Finn Church Aid (FCA), the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland organizes the Fifth Conference on National Dialogues and non-formal dialogue processes on 15–16 June 2022. The Conference takes place at the Paasitorni Congress Center in the Siltasaari district of Helsinki.

The Conference on National Dialogues and non-formal dialogue processes, or National Dialogues Conference as our guests and we have come to call it, is a unique event. It provides a safe and inclusive space for joint reflection and in-depth discussion between the invited practitioners, stakeholders, and experts working with peace mediation and dialogue processes. In the world we live in, peace processes are facing great uncertainty. Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with other global challenges such as shifts in the geopolitical landscape, growing inequalities, shrinking space of the civil society, and climate change, have worsened the situation. These developments have also negatively affected the ability to discuss and transform conflicts through dialogues.

The Fifth National Dialogues Conference will thus focus on Revisiting National Dialogues, asking about how to (re)position national dialogues and non-formal dialogue processes in the changing world. In this context, the conference will reflect on the role of the regional structures and discuss both established and emerging practices of inclusivity and dialogue process design. The conference will also discuss how mass social movements and non-violent resistance movements relate to national dialogues and explore climate emergencies from the perspective of national dialogues and their ecosystems. Discussions are expected to include insights and experiences from various countries and regions, including for example Ethiopia, Mali, Sudan, Iraq, and Myanmar.


Highlights from the 2019 National Dialogues Conference

The Fourth Conference on National Dialogues and non-formal dialogue processes in June 2019 again brought together different stakeholders working on national dialogues to share knowledge and lessons and to promote peer learning to improve the practice of national dialogues. Click here to learn more.