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1 February, 2017

Annual Report 2016

2016 was a year of learning and growth. We have worked very hard and have shed some tears in the middle of all the joy for being able to contribute our bit of peace to a world that needs it more than ever. 2016 was also a wake-up year in so many respects.
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1 June, 2016

Fifth Report of the Dialogue Support Platform

In June 2015, mediatEUr and the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) launched a project to build a Dialogue Support Platform in the country (DSPU). The aim of this Platform is to support the contribution of dialogue to a peaceful, democratic and stable Ukraine.
1 March, 2016

Fourth Report of the Dialogue Support Platform

On 2-4 February 2016, 22 participants of the Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine (DSPU; 15 women and 7 men) met in Lviv for two and a half days of work on dialogue and facilitation. This report collects lessons, recommendations and conclussions from the meeting.

Third Report of the Dialogue Support Platform

The Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine set out in June 2015 to support the development of dialogue in Ukraine. For a detailed background of the project, see the September 2015 report. The project has been called the ‘facilitator of facilitators’ for its role in exploring a common understanding of dialogue and fostering cooperation, and has been acknowledged by Ukrainian dialogue practitioners as a useful tool for the development of their practice. The broader view of the project relates to how dialogue can help deal with the consequences of the armed…
8 January, 2016

Second Report of the Dialogue Support Platform

On 14-15 July 2015, a pilot group of facilitators met in Kyiv to explore the main challenges for dialogue facilitation in Ukraine, the options ahead, and the next steps for the platform. This report captures the outcome of the meeting and outlines the next steps before the official launch on the last week of September 2015.  Main challenges and options identified: Facilitators working together → Building trust to develop communications, exchange and cooperation between facilitators.Culture of dialogue → Exploring a common understanding of the meaning of “dialogue” and engaging media to make it clear…
1 September, 2015

Dialogue Guidance Handbook

Can dialogue be defined? What are the steps in a dialogue processes? What are the principles involved? We answer these and other questions in this Dialogue Guidance Handbook. This Handbook is a collection of knowledge and experience from current and former mediatEUr experts and staff, including Antje Herrberg, Juan Díaz, Canan Gündüz and Miguel Varela. It is a living document that we will update regularly, and which we hope will contribute to the development of mediation practice.
22 July, 2015
European Institute of PeacePublications

International Peace Mediation Standards? Reviewing the Field, Charting the Way Ahead

The Concept on Strengthening European Union (EU) Mediation and Dialogue Capacities from 2009 proposes a series of measures to increase EU capabilities in these areas, noting the benefits of adopting mediation as a foreign policy tool for the EU. In parallel, the publication of the Directive 2008/52/EC ‘on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters’ aimed at promoting the use of mediation to facilitate better access to justice, more freedom and increased security. Meanwhile, commercial and dispute mediation have seen much development in standard-setting and professionalisation. Within this…
25 June, 2015

In the Field: Candid Reflections of Two Mediation Experts

The field of international mediation, sometimes also referred to as peace mediation, has been evolving over the last 25 years. It has been grappling both with an increase in intra-state and identity-based conflicts and the need for post conflict reconciliation in divided societies. The United Nations (UN) has been at the forefront of these developments holding UN Security Council thematic meetings, adopting several seminal documents on mediation, and creating a Mediation Support Unit (MSU). Furthermore, it established the first full-time ‘standby team’ of mediation experts that can rapidly deploy anywhere…
1 June, 2015

The Mediative Side of a Chief Negotiator: Challenges and Benefits of Insider Mediators

“The first rule of diplomacy is that the really difficult negotiations are with your own side.” The Mediative Side of a Chief Negotiator: Challenges and Benefits of Insider Mediators Summary and key lessons from a debrieng with former Downing Street chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, on the Northern Irish peace process Mediators do not resolve conflicts; rather, people within conflicts solve them. Mediators simply make a contribution to the management or resolution of conflict. The evolution of peace in Northern Ireland moved incrementally over decades. Like the conflict, peace was primarily rooted within the people of Northern Ireland and their…
2 May, 2015
HandbookPublicationsScoping and Reviews

Scoping Missions Handbook

This lessons-learned document on mediation scoping missions was developed by mediatEUr staff as a follow-up to the scoping missions developed by the organisation in the context of mediatEUr’s project to support a European Institute of Peace (EIP). It is aimed at understanding the benefits and challenges of scoping missions, a tool used to assess the potential for mediation in specific conflict contexts, the primary focus of the EIP.   The guidance paper looks into some of the key concepts for mediation scoping: what is the definition of scoping? What are the main stages? What should…
1 March, 2015
Annual ReportPublications

Annual Report 2014

2014, Mediation Support in Transition When do transitions require mediation? When is the best moment to intervene, engage and support, and how do we do it?  How do we evaluate the best moment for engagement in a peace process? Did efforts actually support, create and sustain peace? What institutions and organisations, what people and advocates do we need in order to produce more peace? How can we resource ourselves to be able to provide our services to those in need? At mediatEUr, we provided our humble contribution to world peace…
1 February, 2015
PublicationsScoping and ReviewsUN Standby Team

The Evolution of the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts in Context

This synthesis report considers trends and issues in the context of international peace mediation and mediation support, and related them to the past, present and future operational needs of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, specifically to the Standby Team of Mediation Experts. In the last seven years, the mediation support field enjoyed an associated increase in the number of actors and a growing awareness of the complexity of the practice with a view to achieving sustainable peace. There is an increased tendency for indigenous mediation practice and for…
1 February, 2015
PublicationsScoping and Reviews

Third Party Inquiries: Lessons Learned from the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission of 2011

"A journey of a single step begins with a thousand miles". The teaching ascribed to the ancient Chinese philisopher Lao Tzu — "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" — can be turned on its head for the story of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission (KIC). As an independent international commission with a reconciliation and peacebuilding component in its mandate, and the first of its kind to be allowed into a country in Central Asia, what lessons can the international community learn from the KIC? In June…
1 November, 2014