Programme: Difficult Dialogues European colloquium on dialogue facilitation

Difficult Dialogues

European colloquium on dialogue facilitation

organized by

Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and
Mass Atrocities


School of Public Policy’s Centre for Conflict, Negotiation and

in partnership with

Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue


Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Date: 30 May – 31 May 2014

Venue: Central European University, Gellner Room

Nador u. 9 – 1051 Budapest – Hungary

Thursday May 29, 2014 

18.30 “WARM UP”

Reception hosted by H.E. Jean-François Paroz, Ambassador of Switzerland
in Budapest for the participants of the Colloquium.
Venue: Residence of Switzerland – 1143. Budapest, Stefánia u.107

Friday May 30, 2014

Venue: Central European University, Gellner Room – 1051.Budapest
Nador u. 9

09.00 – 09.30 REGISTRATION

09.30 – 10.00 WELCOME PANEL

Laszlo Kontler, Pro-rector of the Central European University
Zoltan Szentgyörgyi, General Director, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Hungary
Kim Sivertsen, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

10.00 – 10.45 “WHY DIALOGUE MATTERS?”

Jennifer Welsh, UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to
Protect (video message)
Gyorgy Tatar, Chair of the Budapest Centre

10.45 – 11.15 COFFEE BREAK


Moderator: Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, Director for Research and
Cooperation, Budapest Centre

Panelists: Zachary Taylor, Senior Adviser, UNDP Regional Centre,
                    Kirsi Joenpolvi, Mediation Support Team, OSCE
                    Donata Garrasi, Development Assistance Committee, OECD                                                                                                                                                     Ashad Sentongo, Director for Africa, Auschwitz Institute

Discussion  on  the  main  achievements,  developments  and new trends in dialogue
facilitation. Do we have the right mechanism in place? Are we too focused on easier
forms of dialogue  between  reasonable  people?  How should we handle the difficult
dialogues, particularly given  the  legal obstacles  and  diplomatic risks?  When  is  it
acceptable to talk  to extreme  groups  and  criminals?  Should  global  and  regional
organizations  and  governments  give  a  greater  role  to  civil  society  or   are  they
abandoning their responsibilities?

13.30 – 14.30 BUFFET – LUNCH


Facilitated by: David Nyheim, Chief Executive, INCAS Consulting Ltd

Invited Contributors:     Auschwitz Institute,           Centre for Humanitarian
Dialogue, European Commission,  Folke Bernadotte Academy,  Foresee
Research Group,    Management Partners,   Nansen Center,   OSCE,   Oslo
Center,    Partners for Democratic Change,  Swisspeace,  UNDP,   UN DPA.

Practitioners   acting   in  the  “hot spots”  will hare  their  experience,  present case
studies  on  and  draw  conclusions  from  dialogue  facilitation at both national and
community  levels  as  well  as  with criminal groups and outlawed non-state actors.
How  do you do  difficult dialogues? How do  you talk to non-state actors when they
are outlawed?

18.30 – 20.30 RECEPTION hosted by H.E Arild Moberg Sande, a.i. Chargé
d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Norway for the participants of the Colloquium.
Venue: Café Gerbeaud, Arany Szalon – 1051. Budapest,
Vörösmarty tér 7

Saturday 31 May, 20

Venue: Central European University, Gellner Room – 1051. Budapest
Nador u. 9

09.00 – 09.30 REGISTRATION

09.30 – 10.00 Introductory speech by Prof. Peter Balazs, former Minister
of Foreign Affairs, former EU Commissioner of Hungary

10.00 – 10.30 COFFEE BREAK 

                                            DIALOGUE AS A TOOL FOR RESPONDING TO
                                            CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN EUROPE

Facilitated by: Gyorgy Tatar, Chair, Budapest Centre

Contributors: Sean O’Reagan, General Director, International Fund Ireland
                             Istvan Hegedus, President, Hungarian European Society
                             Borbala Fellegi, Executive Director, Foresee Research Group
                             Eva Deak, Executive Director, Partners Hungary Foundation
                             Bernard Rorke, OSF

Representatives of research institutes/think tanks and NGOs will exchange views on
dialogue  in Europe  from  the perspective of enhancing democracy, cohesion in the
society and addressing mass atrocity threats (hate speech, xenophobia etc.).

How can dialogue be enhanced between institutions, governments and citizens? Can
dialogues  include  extremist  parties and  racist  organizations? How can we develop
national dialogue  processes  that bring together immigrants, minorities, vulnerable
groups  and  those  who  are  bitterly  opposed to giving them a voice? What forms of
dialogue are needed?

12.30 – 13.00 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS by Hartley Millar,
Management Partners

13.00 – 14.30 FAREWELL BUFFET




For further information or registration please contact:
Ms. Sharon Belli ( Budapest Centre)
Ms. Ilona Ilyes (CCNR),

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