Mediation Support Network (MSN)

Chiapas MSN meeting No. 10, November 2014,
"Sharing Experiences and Creating a Better Understanding of Inclusive Peace Processes"

The Mediation Support Network is a global network of organisations that support mediation in peace negotiations.

It aims to promote and improve mediation practice, processes and standards to address political tensions and armed conflict and to connect different mediation support units and organisations with the intention of:

  • Promoting exchange about planned and ongoing activities to enable synergies and cumulative impact;
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration, initiating and encouraging joint activities;
  • Sharing analysis of trends and ways to address emerging challenges in the field of peace mediation.

The Berghof Foundation hosted the 8th MSN Meeting "Mind the Gap: Linking High Level International Mediation Initiatives with Local Peace Building Efforts" from 24-26 June 2013.

History

The MSN was established in September 2008 and convened for the first time in Switzerland. Since then, the MSN has been growing and new member organisations (especially from the Global South) have joined the initiative.

The MSN was established in September 2008 and convened for the first time in Switzerland. Since then, the MSN has been growing and new member organisations (especially from the Global South) have joined the initiative. The MSN meets once or twice a year in different places. The organisation of the meetings rotates and each meeting is hosted by a networking partner. Each meeting has a primary topical focus which is decided by all network members together. 

The last meeting of the MSN Network hosted by SERAPAZ took place from 23 to 26 November 2014 in Chiapas/Mexico.  The theme was: "Sharing Experiences and Creating a Better Understanding of Inclusive Peace Processes".

Earlier, network members met in Durban (26 to 28 March 2014) under the theme "Transforming Societies through Peace Mediation: A Critical Reflection from the MSN" and in Berlin (24-26 June 2013) to discuss how to link high level international mediation initiatives with local peacebuilding efforts.

An archive of publications by member organisations of the Mediation Support Network is available here. It includes studies, briefs and policy papers on mediation policy, concepts, methodology and case studies.

MSN Discussion Points

MSN Discussion Points summarise key aspects of the MSN’s discussion on topics of their meetings. They do not provide a comprehensive or consensus view of MSN members, but rather a reflection of key issues that were discussed and that may be useful food for thought.

MSN Discussion Points 6: Inclusivity in Mediation Processes: Lessons from Chiapas, 2015

MSN Discussion Points 5: Mediation and Conflict Transformation, 2014

MSN Discussion Points 4: Mind the Gap: How Mediation Support Can Better Respond to the Needs of Local Societies, 2013

MSN Discussion Points 3: Regional Intergovernmental Organizations in Mediation Efforts: Lessons from West Africa, 2013

MSN Discussion Points 2: Translating Mediation Guidance into Practice: Commentary on the UN Guidance for Effective Mediation by the Mediation Support Network, 2013

MSN Discussion Points 1: Supporting Peace Processes: Improving Collaboration Between Humanitarian, Development, Security and Mediation Actors, 2011

Selected publications on mediation

United Nations 2012: United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation.

Isoaho, Eemeli; Suvi Tuuli 2013: From Pre-Talks to Implementation: Lessons Learned from Mediation Processes.