The new Consortium of ERMES, under the lead of the College of Europe, has recently signed a FWC contract with the European Commission, to support the European Union, to provide mediation and dialogue support on situation of need, with the steer of the EEAS, PRISM/ Mediation Support team. The Consortium further consists of Interpeace, ESSEC, ECES, and the Foundation Hirondelle (more…)
We are delighted to have signed a four year framework contract on conflict prevention and mediation support for the EU, for which we were chosen together with our partners from swisspeace, ESSEC IRENE, CITpax, ECDPM, and Search for Common Ground. We place importance on delivering more than 'just a service' but place importance on quality control and knowledge management. We hope to help to assist in the creation of a community of practice with those working in the field. We are looking genuinely forward to this new ambitious endeavour, taking…
The German Yoga Magazine Yoga Aktuell has published an interview of Dr. Antje Herrberg, where she reflects on her yoga practice and the connection to her peace mediation work. She stresses the importance of breathing and body awareness for peace mediators and all this who seek peace. In German here YA-108_DienerindesFriedens_96-98
Brendan Mc Allister, in an interview with Lynn Finnegan reflects on a conversation that he had with the Dalai Lama in Northern Ireland, who was there on a peace mission, sitting in with a Catholic priest: "This is what mediation is trying to facilitate - enabling the process to see beyond what is evident and rather, to become informed by their own inferiority". You can access this beautiful article here: The Art of Mediation
Despite the fact that landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is soon going to celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the number of women who lead or participate in high level peace mediation processes remains disappointing. Why is it so hard to translate lip service into concrete results? One of the issues practitioners and policy makers including Kathrin Quesada from mediatEUr who gathered at last year’s symposium on advancing women in high level mediation in Durham identified is the selection process: Generally, appointments for high level mediation processes are made on the…
FBA , Folke Bernadotte Academy has signed a partnership contract to work with Pierre Yves Monette, member, and Antje Herrberg to support ECOWAS in the prevention of electoral violence through training on mediation and facilitation within electoral contexts. FBA delivered trainings in Nigeria, Mali and will deliver one in Guinea Bissau.
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When I first started working on dialogue in Ukraine, I sat down with two think-tankers from Kyiv and explained to them that my interest, and that of my colleagues’, was in dialogue and mediation: “we want to learn who’s doing dialogue and what they’re learning from it.” They looked at me cross and made it clear that “no one is doing dialogue in Ukraine”.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Initiatives for Change retreat on Land, Lives and Peace in Caux, Switzerland. A seemingly unlikely choice for me, but since I was involved in the Aceh peace process, the nexus between land and conflict was something of interest to me.
This blog was written by Kathrin Quesada When I recently interviewed several experts on stabilisation approaches for a research project mediatEUr was requested to carry out for the EEAS, one definition of the term stuck with me for a very long time: “Stabilisaton is about people regaining harmony; it is about societies being able to reorganise their lives together”. I found it not only simply and beautifully said, but also a very noble goal. And yet the reality of the lives of people in countries where stabilisation activities have taken…
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