1 - 2 November - 2013

The Oslo Conference on Palestine

The Oslo Conference on Palestine 2013 will focus on the four following axes of thought:

-  The regional and international context that brought about the Oslo Accords of 1993 including the special role of Norway as a facilitator of the secret negotiatons.

-  The implementation on the ground of the articles stated in the Oslo Accords and what has been accomplished concerning issues that are vital to the Palestinian people, such as the Palestinians’ right of return, Jerusalem, Israeli population settlements, security and borders matters.

-  Consequences and impact of the Oslo Accords on the Palestinian people’s struggle for their historical and political rights, as well as the political and social situation as it prevails today in the region.

-  The future prospect of a 2-states solution – a Palestinian and Israeli state side by side - and other alternatives for a just peaceful solution based on international law and in accordance with UN-resolutions.

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25 October - 2013

Half-Day Seminar: Peace in Colombia

Friday, 25. oktober, 09.00 - 12.00
Kulturhuset, Youngstorget - Oslo

Arranged by: The Karibu Foundation, PBI Norge og Latin-Amerikagruppene i Norge

It's been
a year since the peace negotiations between the FARC and the government of Colombia began in Norway, and they continue still today in Havana, Cuba. What has happened in the negotiations, what are the challenges ahead, and where do the parties stand?

Seminar will be conducted in Norwegian and Spanish.

More information and registration can be found here:

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16 October - 2013

Karibu Board Meeting
The Karibu Foundation's Board meets in Oslo on 16 October, 2013.

Cases to be processed before the meeting must be received by no later than 01 October, 2013.

For more information, contact director Eilert Rostrup at post(a)

3 - 4 October - 2013

High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development

The UN General Assembly is holding the second High Level Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration and Development at the UN headquarters in New York in October 2013. As roundly emphasized by participants during the Global Forum in 2011, civil society is looking towards the HLD for the potential it has to effect important change in the current international framework regarding migration and development.

In its recommendations at the 2011 GFMD, civil society called for urgently need international migration governance and for further reflections upon the possibility of integrating the GFMD within a rights-based, accountable and transparent framework with more binding engagements. Civil society is committed to put forward perspectives, if not potential models for future governance in preparation to the HLD 2013. In this direction, civil society is looking at forming a working group attached to the GFMD. More information will follow shortly

On 9 February 2012, John K. Bingham, ICMC’s head of policy and GFMD civil society coordinator, spoke at the Tenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration organized at UN headquarters by UNDESA*. He outlined the need for civil society and governments to “Fix, Focus and Reach” to achieve the goals set out by the first HLD in 2006 and beyond. He described the three greatest dangers on the path towards this second HLD in 2013:

Click here to visit the website of the High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, 2013.

26 - 28 September - 2013

Iraqi Social Forum

Another Iraq is Possible with Peace, Human Rights, and Social Justice

26-28 September, 2013
Baghdad, Iraq

Based upon their participation in the World Social Forum, the Iraqis have identified the following shared aspirations and goals:

1. Participants in this Forum believe that Iraq should be a civil, democratic, federal state, in which there is no discrimination by sex, color, religion, race, ethnicity, or nationality.

2. We believe in nonviolence as the only option for reform and change. We will defend this belief with all methods of nonviolent struggle against any attempts to dilute or undermine our commitment.

3. The Iraqi Social Forum is committed to cooperation and voluntary work, and rejects lavish expenditures for events and unneeded spending for any post.

4. Civil society must be a key, not a secondary, partner in building a democratic Iraq, free from occupation and dictatorship. Individuals and social movements have the right to use all nonviolent means to promote reform and change.

5. We understand civil society to include all the individuals and institutions / activities / organizations that work nonviolently to help the needy, to fight against corruption, violence, and sectarianism, and to promote human rights. Civil society actors perform voluntary work through non-profit organizations that provide services and assistance at the least possible cost.

6. Iraqi social movements arise in the Iraqi civilian communities that reject religious, ethnic and sexual discrimination, and that use methods of nonviolence in its many different forms to promote reform and social justice. Nonviolent means of promoting changes include traditional activities such as rallies and marches, as well as ICT [information and communications technology] to disseminate information and build social networks.

Forum Aims:

Finding an open space to stand with democratic civil state projects based on the principles of respecting individuals’ freedoms and advancing social justice.

Dealing with the current reality and its developments from a political, social, and economic perspective.

Discussing the reality and the role of civil society and its social movements in Iraq and how to make civil society a more effective actor in building true democracy.

Discussing the role for international civil society organizations to reaffirm their support for Iraqis’ causes and the development of social movements in Iraq.

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