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
Europäisches BurgerInnen Forum, November 2015
Ukraine/Russland: Journalismus im Konflikt
Newsletter: Syria - Beyond War (November 2015 Edition)
Read the pdf in English.
Simon Mason, Anna Hess, Rachel Gasser, Julia Palmiano Federer, 2015
Gender in Mediation: An Exercise Handbook for Trainers
Exercise handbook published by the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, and swisspeace. Download
Radio RaBe, 06 July 2015
Elections in Myanmar
Interview with Julia Palmiano Federer, Program Officer at swisspeace, on the elections and the peace process in Myanmar. Podcast
12-14 October 2015
11th annual MSN meeting
swisspeace staff participated in the 11th annual meeting of the Mediation Support Network (MSN), held from 12-14 October 2015 at The Carter Center in Atlanta on the the topic of 'Challenges to Peacemaking and Mediation Support in a Hot War'.