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 mediation. Read 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.
Tis report focuses on key issues discussed during the third and fourth meetings of Regional, Subregional and other International Organizations on Preventive Diplomacy and Mediation hosted respectively by the League of Arab States (LAS) in 2014, and the European Union (EU) in 2015. Te common thread of discussions focused on a key principle of the UN Guidance: Coherence, Coordination and Complementarity in mediation processes, with particular focus on contexts in which one or more regional organizations are involved. The Cairo meeting also addressed the issue of Inclusivity, while the Brussels meeting included a specific focus on CCC in ceasefire mediation.
This report focuses on key issues discussed during a two-day Consultation on “Developing Guidance for Effective Mediation”, held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 3 and 4 April 2012. Hosted by the OIC and organized together with the UN and the OSCE, one of the Consultation’s principal objectives was to make a significant contribution to the development of guidance for more effective mediation, which the UN General Assembly requested the UN Secretary-General to develop. Structured thematically, the report is intended as a resource for mediators in international and regional organizations and for policy makers and academics analyzing work carried out in the field of dialogue facilitation and mediation.
This report reflects the main issues discussed during a workshop on “Preventive and Quiet Diplomacy, Dialogue Facilitation and Mediation – Best Practices from Regional Organizations 1” held in co-operation with the United Nations’ Department of Political Affairs in December 2010. The report identifies common challenges to mediation faced by regional organizations as well as good practices. Opportunities for closer co-operation among regional organizations on the issue of mediation support are also suggested.