The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo 2018


2017 Forum


The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo, “Across Dividing Lines”, addressed indigenous rights within the context of social justice and environmental protection. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as the 25th anniversary of Dr. Rigoberta Menchu Tum receiving the Peace Prize for her work with indigenous peoples’ rights.

The 2017 Forum sought to provide a platform for dialogue and sharing of experiences for representatives of the Standing Rock conflict in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, US, and the Nussir copper mine conflict in the municipality of Kvalsund, Norway.

Through analyzing the proceedings of the Forum through the lens of our innovative Matrix of Peace model, Peace Through Commerce identified openings for action and opportunities to further peacebuilding around the issues raised. Read the press release for the event. The 2017 Forum Oslo was broadcast to a global audience via streamed live online: and on Youtube


Keynote Speaker
Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum
The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Grand Chief Edward John – Expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues & Hereditary Chief of Tl’azt’en Nation
HolyElk Lafferty – 4th generation Lakota Activist
Stephanie Hope Smith – Sacred-Cultural Site Conciliator
Aili Keskitalo – President of the Sami Parliament
Elisabeth Gammelsæter – Secretary General of the Norwegian Mineral Industry
Øyvind Ravna – Professor of Law, University of Tromsø


Fred de Sam Lazaro – Correspondent, PBS NewsHour & Director, Undertold Stories Project, University of St. Thomas

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo is organized by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Nobel Peace Prize – Research and Information AS in partnership with the University of Oslo. Peace Through Commerce would like to thank the Norwegian organizers, as well as the other title event partner of the Forum, New Generation Power International

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