Co-Hosts and Sponsor


Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance

DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and gender equality. Since its founding in 2000, the organization has contributed to making peace and development more sustainable by assisting partner states, and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms. DCAF creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, provides legal and policy advice, and supports capacity‐building of both state and non‐state security sector stakeholders.

The overarching aim of the DCAF ombuds programme is to promote the important role played by ombuds institutions vis-à-vis armed forces and international actors, and to work directly with and encourage cooperation between ombuds institutions to enhance their effectiveness and capacity.

Parliamentary Ombud’s Committee for the Norwegian Armed Forces

The Parliamentary Ombud’s Committee for the Norwegian Armed Forces was established in 1952 as the first of its kind in the world. The Ombud’s Committee promotes and protects the rights and interests of persons who have a duty of national service under the Norwegian Defence Act, and persons who have served in international operations. It monitors and reports on the working conditions of armed forces personnel and is mandated to carry out independent investigations and address issues affecting the interests of personnel.