Peace mediators assist warring parties in finding lasting solutions at the negotiation table. As such, mediation has become an increasingly prominent way for dealing with protracted and often violent conflicts.
Mediation is a complex political endeavor that requires patience and perseverance. Mediators work in teams and rely upon professional support structures. For that reason, many mediation actors (such as the United Nations, the African Union or Switzerland) have set up their own mediation support units that help their mediators to be as effective as possible.
Latest Activities and Publications
14 November 2013
The UN Guidance for Effective Mediation: Translating the Fundamentals into EU Practice
swisspeace participated in a meeting organized by the Civil Society Dialog Network in Brussels to discuss about how the implementation of the UN fundamentals in EU mediation practice can best be achieved.
24 October 2013
Guidance Note on Enhancing Gender-Responsive Mediation
swisspeace participated in the lauch of the Guidance Note on Enhancing Gender-Responsive Mediation by the OSCE. The publication provides a practical guide for mediators engaged in formal peace negotiations on how to include women in the dialogue, as well as how to gender mainstream the mediation process. Download.
Mandate for the UN, 2013
Peace Mediation Training
swisspeace conducted the second UN High Level Mediation Course in Istanbul, together with UNDPA.
08-11 October 2013
OSCE Mediation Course
swisspeace conducted a mediation-training for the OSCE in Oberhofen, Switzerland.
19 September 2013
Workshop: Broadening Participation in Peace Processes
MSP workshop with the participation of Catherine Barnes, Andy Carl and Thania Paffenholz