Reports from Activities of the Federal Foreign Office & IMSD

The Initiative Mediation Support Deutschland (IMSD) and the Federal Foreign Office have jointly developed a Fact Sheet on "Basics of Mediation: Concepts and Definitions".

Basics of Mediation: Concepts and Definitions

As part of its OSCE chairmanship, Germany organized a conference on the role of the OSCE as a mediator in July2016. The conference was jointly set up by the Federal Foreign Office and the Initiative Mediation Support Deutschland (IMSD).

Conference report

Video about the conference 

In October 2015 the Federal Foreign Office invited mediation experts to Berlin to exchange on the topic of 'Identifying Mediation Entry Points'. The event was organized by the Federal Foreign Office and IMSD.

Report of the Expert Meeting

The conference report from the 2014 conference "Germany as Mediator - Peace Mediation and Mediation Support in German Foreign Policy" outlines concrete steps that Germany should take to contribute to international peace mediation and mediation support.

Conference Report - ENG

Eindrücke der Konferenz Friedensmediation 2014

Copyright der Fotos: ZIF / Mike Auerbach

Positions of the IMSD

In 2017, the IMSD promoted the integration of peace mediation into the coalition agreement of a new government with a position paper:

Friedensmediation in den Koalitionsvertrag integrieren (German)

In 2016, the IMSD contributed the following position paper to the discussions on the development of new policy guidelines on crisis prevention, conflict management and peacebuilding:

Friedensmediation ausbuchstabieren – Positionspapier der IMSD für den Erstellungsprozess der Leitlinien Krisenengagement und Friedensförderung, IMSD, 2016 (German)

In 2013, the IMSD developed short summaries and proposals for policies in the field of peace mediation and mediation support:

Friedensmediation. Kurzinformation und Vorschläge für die Politik, IMSD, 2013 (German)

Mediation und Mediation Support in den Koalitionsvertrag integrieren, IMSD, 2013 (German)

Web Videos

During the conference "OSCE as mediator: Instruments – Challenges – Chances" (2016) a video was recorded with contributions of speakers, panelists and participants:

Conference Video

The Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in cooperation with schnittbüro asked experienced mediators and participants in mediation processes to share their experiences. Swiss Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, who is currently involved in the peace negotiations in Ukraine, Luxshi Vimalarajah, Programme Director for Dialogue, Mediation & Peace Support Structures at the Berghof Foundation, Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling, former International Mediator for Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Dalibor Jevtic, Minister for Communities and Return in Kosovo gave their insights into mediation and being a mediator. The first three clips are in German. The interview with Mr. Jevtic is in English.

Publications by IMSD Members