The interview is part of our Initiative for regular and consistent deployment of dialogue in international and national decision-making mechanisms and education. Prominent practitioners share their views and experiences in that context.
Mr. Vollebaek presents concrete examples showing the increased need and significance of dialogue for effectively addressing contemporary security challenges. To learn the details please click here.
The fourth piece of the series of webinars on the significance of dialogue in decision-making mechanisms took place on 01 February 2024. Governmental officials shared their experiences on the benefits of dialogue in a multilateral environment.
Kindly find the invitation to our Dialogue in Multilateral Institutions from Perspectives of Governments webinar on 1st (Thursday) February from 15.00-16.30 CET.
During this event senior governmental officials will share their views on how dialogue could support the decisions in multilateral organizations to sustainably address global challenges and respond to risks of mass atrocity crimes.
Inspired by the trainings of the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, the Budapest Centre for Dialogue and Mass Atrocities Prevention completed its first interactive and practice oriented skills building in facilitation of dialogue being a tool for managing diversities, preventing and handling radicalization and violent conflicts. The three four hour sessions took place in cooperation with the College for Advanced Studies of Diplomacy in Practice at the Corvinus University of Budapest.
Based on the positive feedback received from the participants, the Budapest Centre will continue its skills building activities and tailor the agenda of the sessions to the needs of students, political activists and businesspersons with the view to increase their potentials for engaging in communication despite conflicting views.
The third piece of the series of webinars on the significance of dialogue in decision making mechanisms took place on 12 October, 2023. Practitioners shared their experience on the benefits of dialogue in the context of human rights and within the framework of global and regional multilateral organizations.
Kindly find the invitation to our Role of Dialogue in Multilateral Affairs Webinar on 12th (Thursday) October from 15.00-16.30 CET.
During this event former senior officials in the UN, OSCE and ICGLR will share their views and experience in using dialogue for addressing sustainably the challenges, in particular the pursuit of human rights and the risks of extreme crimes when shaping an inclusive multipolar world and multilateral system.
In his introductory intervention Mr Harald Weilnböck (Cultures Interactive, 6:58 - 25:05) argues for the need to replace the concept of extremism and term of prevention in favour of dialogue, education and skill building. He explained while dialogue builds bridges and connections, extremism and prevention tend inspire a habitus of intercepting, fighting and countering, while looking for dangers and enemies, hence tends to break off potential bridges and connections. It often even generates discrimination. Mr. Weilnböck points out we need a change of paradigm in order to better support democracy. Furthermore, Mr. Weilnböck shortly argued for the alternative concept of Group focused enmity/hatred, and Authorianism used in Germany and shared some good practice standards.
Mr. Mario Giro (29:04 - 45:45) calling himself as non-institutional mediator gave an overview of his peace making activities. He explained through concrete cases the difficulties and weaknesses of track 1.0 and track 2.0 diplomacy, argued for the combination of the state-guaranteed diplomacy and the flexible peace initiatives of the civil societies and spoke about the dilemmas of track 1.5 diplomacy where he was involved through Sant’Egidio Community. By referring to various conflict situations, he questioned the concept of ''war as a solution for conflicts'' and shared some lessons learned during his activities whilst highlighted the differences between peace agreeements and societal reconciliation.
Mr. Steinar Brynt (48:45 - 1:13:10) spoke about the dilemmas and similarities of the war of thenineties in Western Balkans and the war between Russia and Ukraine since 2014. He pointed to the fact that through the intensification of the conflict situation between the two countries dialogue became increasingly difficult and ultimately stopped. He touched upon issues of nation states, revival of traditionalism, possibilities and limitations of dialogue, the relationship building methodology, why we do not embrace dialogue, can dialogue be counterproductive under conflict and the need for finding a common language with those representing other concepts.
Mr. Gyorgy Tatar (1:35:05 - 1:48:35) highlighted the background and main objectives of the draft Statement circulated prior to the webinar. He initiated the establishment of an international Alliance of Dialogue for institutionalization of the tool of dialogue in international and national decision- making processes and inclusion of dialogue-related issues in the national educational curricula as well as the enhancement of collaboration of dialogue practitioners. Mr. Tatar invited the participants to give feedback on the initiative in the next few weeks.