Our Partners

Utøya has the privilege to partner with a broad range of institutions:

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the United States’ principal institution concerned with exploring the terror attack 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. Honoring those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks is at the heart of its mission.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has been an instrumental partner for Utøya in the years after the terror attacks 22 July 2011. Bringing its wealth of expertise and experience on commemoration and rebuilding after traumatic events, it continues to be an important advisor, supporter and partner of Utøya. 

The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization, established in Switzerland in 2007 by the late former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The Foundation works to create a fairer and more peaceful world, where no one is left behind, democratic principles and the rule of law are upheld, and divides are bridged through dialogue and international cooperation. The Foundation works closely with partners from international and regional organizations, foundations, universities and civil society. 

Utøya partners with the Kofi Annan Foundation through exchange of expertise and facilitation of institutional programme activity and networks. 

The World Expression Forum (WEXFO) aims to ensure and empower global free speech based on high level guidance, best practice, and high-quality analysis. WEXFO is a common arena for those with a firm belief in freedom of expression as a prerequisite for a global sustainable development. WEXFO hosts an high-level international event annually in Lillehammer, Norway and other networking events throughout the year. 

WEXFO partners with Utøya in organizing the annual WEXFO Youth Utøya event. It brings together young advocates for freedom of expression from around the world for a weekend at Utøya, engaging in urgent issues related to youth and freedom of expression worldwide.

C-Rex is a research institute at the University of Oslo, Norway. Through a cross-disciplinary approach the center studies the formation of extreme right attitudes and behavior as well as the ideological and organizational development of far-right politics at the transnational, national and local levels. C-Rex applies comparative perspectives to study processes of radicalization, the role of gender, engagement and disengagement among right-wing and other types of extremism. 

Utøya and C-Rex jointly organize study visits for researchers and students to Utøya, as well as seminars and conferences.

Together We Build It (TWBI) is an inter-generational non-profit organization working to promote peace and security in Libya. TWBI believes in the important role of an inter-generational gender approach to formal and non-formal peace-building. It is based in Libya and was founded in September 2011. Since then it has been working on women, peace and security, and empowering young people to play an active role in building peace in Libya.

Utøya partners with TWBI on facilitating an informal youth peace process for Libyan youth, including organizing peace camps at Utøya.

Renaissance Foundation is a London based youth and educational charity which focuses on helping young people with significant challenges. The Foundation supports young patients and young carers to overcome their challenges and reach their full potential. Its unique 3 year programme offers inspirational experiences, tailored mentoring and peer support to young people aged 12-18.

Utøya partners with the Renaissance Foundation to offer an annual study visit to Utøya as part of the Foundations’ programme.

The European Wergeland Centre is a resource centre on education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding. Its work builds on Council of Europe recommendations and policies, such as the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, which was developed to make sure that the values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law are promoted in and through education. EWC’s main aim is to strengthen the capacity of individuals, educational institutions and educational systems to build and sustain a culture of democracy and human rights.

Utøya partners with EWC on organizing the annual Thorvald Stoltenberg-seminar in addition to facilitating other international trainings and study visits to Utøya.