Collaboration and partnership among different actors involved in mediation is essential. Mediation actors will only be able to effectively deal with the challenges from the high-level initiatives to the grass roots when taking advantage of the respective comparative advantages and fostering coherence, coordination and complementarity. Several cooperative mechanisms and networks have been established to promote more professional and better coordinated mediation efforts. This section presents a number of these mediation networks.
The Mediation Support Network (MSN) is a global network
of primarily non-governmental organizations that support mediation in peace negotiations.
The Group of Friends of Mediation is formed by Member States, the United Nations and regional organizations, and aims to promote and advance the use of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution.
The Academic Advisory Council on Mediation promotes more systematic exchanges between leading academics/ institutions working on conflict prevention and mediation in different regions and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA).