This volume engages with a normative framework shaped by discourse and resolutions within the system of the United Nations. The authors seek to provide beacons that can guide the course of those committed to fundamental human values. Most of the contributions were originally prepared for events relating to the Foundation’s work during 2008.
These included two seminars on conflict mediation, a panel debate on the Responsibility to Protect as well as the second Voksenåsen Conference with an emphasis on sexual violence as a means of war. The contributions by practitioners, activists and scholars alike represent and reflect upon efforts to bring more justice and protection to this world within the institutionalised framework of a UN system that seeks to help bring about the fulfilment of a variety of human rights. In different but complementary ways, they thereby map the challenges and opportunities for paving the way towards a more humane global society.