Mediation Support Overview

 

Recognising the need for a more professional approach to mediation, the United Nations has enhanced its operational readiness to implement and support mediation efforts.  A key innovation in this regard was the establishment of the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) within the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and, within the unit, the creation of a Standby Team of mediation experts. With the goal of supporting relevant actors to achieve a just and sustainable peace through the pacific settlement of disputes, the unit engages in and supports a wide range of operational activities  and projects and works closely with a number of partners. 

MEDIATION SUPPORT         ACTIVITIES & SERVICES

 
Mediation support activities and services include operational support to peace processes, strengthening the mediation capacity of the UN, its partners, and parties to a conflict and development of mediation guidance, lessons learned and best practices.
 
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FEATURED PROJECTS

 

 
With the aim of enhancing mediation knowledge and expertise, MSU has developed projects focusing on specific issues that arise in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts. Current projects include addressing conflict related sexual violence, designing ceasefires and mediation around natural resources.

 

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The Standby Team is a group of full-time mediation experts that can be rapidly deployed to provide technical advice to UN officials and others leading mediation and conflict prevention efforts. 

 

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PARTNERSHIPS ON         MEDIATION

 

Key partnerships and cooperation agreements have been established with regional and sub-regional organizations as well as specialised institutions to improve MSU support to mediation initiatives.

 

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