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Centre for Mediation in Africa

Consultative Workshop on Mediation

By Shirley de Villiers

Posted on 17 April 2012

On 5 April 2012 the Centre for Mediation in Africa, in collaboration with the United Nations Mediation Support Unit, hosted a consultative workshop on international mediation at the University of Pretoria.

The workshop aimed to contribute to the forthcoming report by the United Nations Secretary-General on the topic of effective mediation, as requested by the General Assembly in 2011 through resolution 65/283.

Topics covered included:
  • The qualities of a good mediator;
  • The key attributes of an effective mediation process, including during the design and implementation stages;
  • Considerations for effective co-operation between different third-party actors involved in the mediation process;
  • Vital elements of a successful peace agreement; and
  • The contribution continuous mediation efforts can make to the effective implementation of a peace agreement.

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