Mediation has become an increasingly prominent way of dealing with protracted, oftentimes violent, conflicts. It is a complex political endeavor that requires patience and perseverance. Mediators work in teams and rely on professional support structures. Many actors in mediation (e.g. United Nations, African Union or Switzerland) have set up their own mediation support units, which help their mediators to be as effective as possible. swisspeace has been actively involved in mediation and dialog for many years. The swisspeace Mediation Program provides training for diplomats, UN staff, mediators and representatives of conflict parties, and supports them behind the scenes to boost the chances of successful and sustainable peace processes.

Latest Activities and Publications

Julia Palmiano Federer, 2015

Norms in Mediation Processes

In: Security and Human Rights Blog, 26 January 2015. Link.

20-21 January 2015

New findings on women and gender in peace processes and political transitions: From research to policy and practice

swisspeace attended a two-day workshop at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, organized by by CMI and CCDP.

19-28 January 2015

CAS National Dialogue & Peace Mediation Course

This course provides insights on how to understand, design and support National Dialogue processes; training in dialogue and mediation skills and reflection on lessons that can be drawn from previous cases. More information

Mandate for the UN, 2013-2015

Peace Mediation Training

High level peace mediation trainings for the UN in New York.

14 January 2015

Funken der Kulturen

Sara Hellmüller gave a presentation on the war in Syria and the role of different stakeholders, involved in trying to reconcile the conflict. More information