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Centre for Mediation in Africa

Report: International Mediation Workshop

By Shirley de Villiers

Posted on 07 May 2012

On 5 April 2012, the Centre for Mediation in Africa, in collaboration with the United Nations Mediation Support Unit, held a consultative workshop on international mediation. The report from the event is now available for download.

The aim of the workshop was to contribute to the forthcoming report by the UN Secretary-General on the topic of effective mediation. This report was requested by the UN General Assembly in 2011 through resolution A/RES/65/283.

The workshop report summarises the main points that emerged at the workshop. It covers the definition and goal of mediation; the appointment of the mediator; the question of cultural fit; mediation teams; non-partisanship; involving civil society; no quick fix; addressing the root causes of conflict; learning lessons; the transition from negotiations to implementation; and the harmonisation of peacemaking initiatives.

To download the workshop report and programme, click here.

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