The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights – U.S. Foundation
Background: The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights – US Foundation (OC-USF) was established in April of 2008 to support the ideals and goals of the Oslo Center in Norway, founded in January of 2006 by former Prime Minster of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik. We are headquartered in Minnesota, a state with Norwegian roots, a legacy of peace and progressiveness, and a globally diverse population, and are a US platform for peace-making initiatives that have global implications. Our mission is to promote peace initiatives through intercultural and interfaith dialogues in order to help prevent conflicts throughout the world.
Activities: In pursuit of this mission, the Oslo Center recognizes and actively pursues three core pillars: Dialogue, Democracy, and Human Rights. We believe these three pillars are essential to achieving peaceful conflict resolution and understanding within and between the people, cultures, and religions of the world. The OC-USF works locally with other foundations and organizations to assist in developing model peace initiatives, dialogues, and programs with the goal of transporting these models nationally and internationally.
Our Impact: With world leaders standing with us, the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights is making an impact. We have experience in the challenges of building emerging democracies, creating coalitions, and fostering interfaith dialogue. We connect people, ideas, and resources to a global network of peace-making initiatives. We put resources into the hands of people who have the experience, knowledge, and networks to make global impact. We are committed to outcomes, not just dialogue, and focus on models that can do the most good for the most people, both locally and globally.