Mediation has become a very prominent way of dealing with protracted and violent conflicts. swisspeace supports mediators and conflict parties in gaining knowledge and skills for effective dialogue and negotiations with the aim to make peace processes more legitimate. Therefore, the Mediation Program undertakes research, provides expert support such as workshop and concept development, and conducts trainings on strategy development, skills training or one-on-one coaching including for the United Nations, the EU and the FDFA.

The biggest project of the Mediation Program at swisspeace currently is:

The Mediation Support Project (MSP) helps the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Political Division IV) building its mediation capacity. The MSP is a joint venture between swisspeace and the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich. Learn more

Latest Activities and Publications

swisspeace, 2016

Mediation Newsletter (2/2016)

Find the latest information about the activities of swisspeace's Mediation team in the new Mediation Newsletter. Link / Registration

Radio Chico, 27 September 2016

Fokus Mediation und Fokus Kolumbien

Radio interview with Mathias Zeller on his mediation work and the peace process in Colombia. Listen the interview (in German).

Mandate for United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, 2016-2017

Civil Society Support Room

swisspeace and NOREF have been implementing partners of the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Syria by facilitating the participation of civil society in the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva through the Civil Society Support Room. The main objective of this Room is to render the peace process more inclusive.

Allison Muehlenbeck, Julia Palmiano Federer, 2016

Women’s Inclusion in Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

Case study, Inclusive Security and swisspeace. Link.

13-14 July 2016

Course on "Mediation in Somalia"

Dominik Balthasar taught a course on "Mediation in Somalia" at the Winter School of the Global South Mediation Unit (GSUM) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.