What is peace mediation and mediation support?

Peace mediation is “a voluntary process whereby a third party assists two or more parties, with their consent, to prevent, manage or resolve a conflict by helping them to develop mutually acceptable agreements.“ (UN Guidance for Effective Mediation, 2012) The term mediation support refers to the professional (e.g. methodological, operative) support of mediators or teams of mediators and parties to a conflict in mediative conciliation processes.

In its new German Government policy guidelines: Preventing crises, managing conflicts, building peace Germany sets up the goal to further expand its engagement in the field of peace mediation.

"The Federal Government is firmly committed to further expanding its mediation capabilities and to intensifying its involvement in mediation processes in the future. This comprises the financial and planning support of mediation processes, as well as the long-term development of the UN's and other partners' mediation capacities, and may even involve direct participation in mediation processes. In this regard, the Federal Government's particular focus is on inclusive dialogue processes and the equal participation of women – on the negotiating end as much as on the mediating end."

Excerpt from the Federal Government voluntary commitments in the policy guidelines 2017, p. 147