Meetings of Regional Organizations

Biannual meetings of senior experts from the United Nations, subregional, regional and other international organizations on conflict prevention and mediation have proven a valuable forum for exchanging lessons learned and building cooperation. 

This initiative was conceived at the 2010 retreat of the Secretary-General with heads of regional organizations. To date, there have been two meetings at the expert level.

 

  • In 2010, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) brought together representatives from the United Nations and key regional organizations in Vienna, Austria, to foster closer cooperation and knowledge-sharing on preventive and quiet diplomacy, dialogue facilitation and mediationRead the report

 

  • In 2012, a meeting took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the OSCE and the United Nations. That meeting focused on getting the perspectives of regional, subregional and other international actors for the development of the United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation. Read the report.

 

  • In 2014 and 2015, two additional meetings were hosted respectively by the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo, and the European Union (EU) in Brussels. Both meetings brought together senior experts from the United Nations, the OSCE, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as well as LAS and the EU, as part of a common effort to strengthen cooperation and knowledge-sharing on peace mediation in accordance with the UN Guidance for Effective Mediation. The common thread of discussions focused on a key principle of the UN Guidance: Coherence, Coordination and Complementarity (CCC) in mediation processes, with particular focus on contexts in which one or more regional organizations are involved. Read the report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary General of the OSCE, Mr. Lamberto Zannier, and Secretary General of the OIC, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, open two-day Consultation, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 3 April 2012 (Photo Credit: OIC)
Open two-day Consultation with Regional Organizations, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 3 April 2012

Documents

Regional Organizations in Conflict Mediation: Lessons of Experience and Cooperation with the UN (Report of the Third and Fourth Meetings)
April, 2016, Author: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
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Developing Guidance for Effective Mediation: Consultation with Regional, Subregional and other International Organizations
December, 2012, Author: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations (UN)
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Perspectives of the UN and Regional Organizations on Preventive and Quiet Diplomacy, Dialogue Facilitation and Mediation: Common Challenges and Good Practices
February, 2011, Author: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
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