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

Hellmüller, Sara; Palmiano Federer, Julia; Zeller, Mathias; 2015

Policy brief: The role of norms in international peace mediation

In: NOREF Policy Brief, May 2015. Read or download the report.

Hellmüller, Sara; Palmiano Federer, Julia; Zeller, Mathias; 2015

The Role of Norms in International Mediation

The mediation team together with NOREF, launched the report The Role of Norms in International Mediation on the 30 April 2015, at the European Institute of Peace in Brussels. Launches will also be held in Bern at swisspeace on 19 May, in Oslo at NOREF on 20 May, and in Geneva in cooperation with the HD Centre.

4 May 2015

KOFF Roundtable on "Myanmar During a Transitional Year: Elections and the Role of Switzerland"

This second session focused on the upcoming elections in Myanmar. It examined the challenges and opportunities that may arise as well as the impact that these elections will have for the Swiss actors working in Myanmar. Programme

SRF, 1 April 2015

Treffpunkt Diplomatie

Contribution in the TV news program 10vor10 on Switzerland as mediation hub. Link.

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.” Link.