In 2012, we began work to assess the possibilities for dialogue in Ukraine. Since June 2015 we are implementing the project "Building a Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine" for the UNDP in Ukraine, a project born of mediatEUr's initiative to support Ukrainian dialogue efforts for sustainable peace. We utilise cutting-edge dialogue technologies to enable country-wide communication and map the main issues and opportunities.
Monitoring and evaluating third party support to peace process mechanisms is an important aspect of professionalisation in international peace mediation.
Synthesising and sharing the lessons from peacebuilding and mediation efforts is crucial for the promotion of good practice in the field. mediatEUr was awarded a grant by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland to gather the lessons learned from the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission (KIC)'s work.
Responding effectively to emerging or on-going crises requires identifying people with the right profile and expertise at the right time, and ensuring they can be where they are needed most, at short notice. This is a key challenge.
Given this challenge, mediatEUr, together with partners Berghof Foundation, ESSEC-Irene, and swisspeace, is embarking on a new project to provide conflict prevention and mediation support to the European External Action Service and its partners.
The European Union (EU) is becoming increasingly active as a global peacemaker, supporting peace processes and also directly mediating between conflict parties in several instances. Given this commitment, it is important to create systems that can enable synthesis and management of the knowledge gained and learning from these engagements. This can further strengthen the EU’s efforts in peace mediation in other parts of the world.
To strengthen the EU’s ability to respond to global challenges to peace, Sweden and Finland jointly launched an initiative in 2010 that advocated for the creation of a European Institute of Peace (EIP). The aim was to create capacities to better support European peacemaking around the world. This initiative was kick-started by a joint letter from the two Foreign Ministers Carl Bildt and Alexander Stubb to High Representative Catherine Ashton.
On request of the European External Action Service (EEAS), mediatEUr, in partnership with TEA-CEGOS, is developing a coaching programme, including overall concept, training approach, curriculum and materials, on international peace mediation for EU diplomats and partners. mediatEUr is supporting the roll-out of the coaching programme in 2012 in several EU Delegations, through a pilot project of the EEAS.