The year 2016 has been incredible for the Oslo Center. In May we celebrated our 10th year anniversary highlighting the challenges related to democracy building in an increasingly turbulent world. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General and guest of honor, stated in his speech at the anniversary celebration that; “The task before us today, is no longer simply to campaign for democratic principles; we have to make sure that those principles are actually implemented“.
We share Mr. Annan’s analysis and therefore we have continued to work for democratic principles to be implemented in order for real democratic change to occur in countries such as Kenya, Somalia, Nepal, Ukraine, South Sudan, Myanmar and Kyrgyz Republic.
We have been working with youth organizations in Kenya, South Sudan and Myanmar. Mary Maina the Speaker of Mombasa Youth Assembly, a proud partner of the Oslo Center in Kenya, was invited to Oslo to join the debate at the ten years’ anniversary celebration. In an interview (with TV2) she stressed that the youth in Mombasa are fighting for their voices to be heard, and that they were now waiting for the authorities to implement the issues raised by the youth.
In June, together with The Norwegian Labour Party and The Norwegian Christian Democrats, we organized the Political Party Peer Network conference at Utøya. Representatives from all over the world joined the discussion on how political parties should manage to adapt to changing realities.
Throughout the year we have also received several guests from Norway and abroad. Among them we would especially like to thank President Thabo Mbeki (South Africa), Madeleine K. Albright(USA), Mourou Abdelfattah (Tunisisa), Paride Taban (South Sudan), John Asworth (South Sudan & UK), Hilde Frafjord Johnson, Erling Skjønsberg and Hilde Salvesen (Norway). They have all shared valuable knowledge and contributed greatly in the discussions at our series of seminars.
The Oslo Center is grateful for your support throughout the year. Our vision is a world consisting of stable democracies respecting equality, human dignity and human rights. By bidding on one of these paintings you can support our work for democracy.