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OAS Organizes a Technical Meeting on International Experiences on National Dialogue Processes

  March 6, 2014

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), in conjunction with the Government of Suriname and the National Assembly of Suriname, begins today in Paramaribo a two-day technical conference on international experiences on national dialogue processes.

The purpose of the meeting is to share with all sectors of Surinamese society, conceptual frameworks and international experiences from the Americas and Africa on when and how national dialogue processes can be established and successfully conducted. Speakers at the Conference include experts from the General Secretariat of the OAS, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, Interpeace, and other international consultants.

The Conference will address issues such as the essential elements for a national dialogue, including a strong political will, broad support from society, inclusiveness and a sense of national ownership; how dialogue contributes to change; key procedural aspects in a dialogue process; and the role of international organizations and civil society. In addition, examples of national dialogue processes held in Bolivia, Guatemala, South Africa and Uganda will be presented by speakers who participated in those processes.

The Conference will provide an opportunity to learn about how dialogue works, exchange information, reflect and understand the advantages as well as the challenges that dialogue processes pose.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-078/14