“Advancing women in high level mediation”- this was the key point of discussion of a small policy symposium held on 31 October at Durham University in the UK. Twelve participants from national governments, women mediator networks, NGOs including MediatEUr, as well as the UN, participated in the symposium to discuss current obstacles for women mediators, and define concrete recommendations on how to overcome them. In this context, the potential of women mediator networks, such as the currently established Mediterranean Network as well as the Nordic Network were underlined. It was also positively noted that the new UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation was comprised of 9 women and 9 men, making this one of the most representative high level bodies the UN has seen to date.

 

Monday, 23 October 2017 15:48

Training: The Art of Inclusive Mediation

Between 4 and 8 December, 2017, mediatEUr member Kathrin Quesada, together with Joachim Kersten, will provide a training on inclusive mediation to personnel of the German Police and Military, as well as civilians who may be deployed to peace operations in future.

Monday, 28 August 2017 17:54

Mapping peace in Ivory Coast

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mediatEUr and Interpeace, partners to support peace and stability in Ivory Coast

The two organisations will partner in September-December 2017 in an effort to produce a comprehensive map of the situation in Abidjan. The maps will support Interpeace’s programming in the region.

 The two organisations will partner in September-December 2017 in an effort to produce a comprehensive map of the situation in Abidjan. The maps will support Interpeace’s programming in the region.

Jessica is a Junior Professional at mediatEUr. An alumna of the College of Europe, where she studied international relations and diplomacy and specialised in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, she supports our programming. Jessica's Master’s thesis assessed the EU’s peacebuilding efforts in Nagorno-Karabakh by analysing the scope and implications of the EPNK initiative.

When I first started working on dialogue in Ukraine, I sat down with two think-tankers from Kyiv. It was back in 2014, when the war in the East was fresh and European media was reporting on it on the daily. They walked me through the many conflicts they saw in their country, from corruption to a Soviet heritage of authoritarian rule; we drank tea and chatted for about an hour. I 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”. We paid the bill and carried on with our day.

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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”.

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. Side by side with botanists, scientists and UN bureaucrats in the grand halls of Caux Peace Palace, I gave my perspective on the role of international peace mediation and the linkages with land degradation. My key point was this: mediation is about making the “pie” (the contentious issue) bigger, and land restoration – enhancing the usability of degraded land – is pretty much the same practice. Bringing degradation issues into peace negotiation would therefore be good news, increasing the potential for peacemaking.

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. Not more than 900 meters away from our office, at the Maelbeek metro station, a bomb killed people just after another one went off at the Brussels airport; the fear associated with terrorism and conflict is now also close to us. It made us realise that, indeed, peacemaking begins at home, leading us to propose a peacebuilding project in our neighbourhood but also to take stock of what we do and how we do it.

 

Our 2016 Annual Report is a recollection of a year where we faced terror at our doorstep, fought to keep dialogue for peace alive, and continued doing what we believe we do best: be creative, be open, and be sharing. This report includes description of mediatEUr's activities, a summary, and membership and financial information for the year 2016. Read on to find out more.

Presentation by Dr. Antje Herrberg, MediatEUr, at the occasion of the conference "Mediation: Possibilities and Limits, Recent Experiences in the Pursuit of Peace" International High Level Conference hosted by Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Didier Reynders.

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