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

13-15 July 2015

International Mediation: actors and processes

Course taught by Sara Hellmüller at the 2015 GSUM Winter School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More Information.

St. Galler Tagblatt, 22 July 2015

Die guten Dienste wandeln sich

Article on the role of Switzerland in international mediation, with quotes from Matthias Siegfried, Head of the Mediation Program at swisspeace. Link

Hellmüller, Sara; Federer Palmiano Julia; Siegfried Matthias, 2015

Norm-Pushers or Deal-Brokers? Normative Challenges of Modern-Day Mediators

Background paper for the Oslo Forum 2015. Link .

7-19 June 2015

Peace Mediation Course 2015

PMC is a specialized training course for practitioners. The training platform is offered by the Mediation Support Project (MSP), a joint venture between swisspeace, Berne and the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich. MSP is funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Course Program 2015.

2 - 4 June 2015

International Conference on Mediation

The International Conference on Mediation was co-hosted by the Centre for Mediation in Africa, the Global South Unit on Mediation and swisspeace. More information and program.