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

WDR 5, 22 March, 2015

Interview on South Ossetia

Cécile Druey gave an interview on South Ossetia on Sunday, 22 March, for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk. It was broadcasted at 8:05 on WDR, “Osteuropamagazin.” More information

13 March, 2015

International Organizations MBA

swisspeace gave an input at the IOMBA in Geneva on mediation as well as on Myanmar. More information


Mediation program collaboration with the Beyond Ceasefires Initiative (BCI)

The mediation program, through the mediation support project (MSP), started its collaboration with the Beyond Ceasefires Initiative (BCI). The BCI is the first joint project between the Government of the Union of Myanmar and leaders of Ethnic Armed Organizations in support of the Myanmar peace process. MSP supported the second Symposium of the Beyond Ceasefires Initiative (BCI) held on 6 March in Yangon, Myanmar on the topic ‘Peacebuilding and Economic Change. More information

4 March 2015

Working in and on Myanmar during a transitional year

For international actors working in and on Myanmar, the dynamics around the elections render 2015 a crucial transition year. The process and the results of the elections will have an impact on their programming and initiatives. Read more about the KOFF Roundtable Series.

18-21 February, 2015

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference

swisspeace participated in the event. Briony Jones organised a panel on "Hybrid Peace, Transitional Justice and Resistance" and Sara Hellmüller on "Partners for Peace? The Interaction Between Local and International Peacebuilding Actors in Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo". More information .