International Mediators Community of Practice

Mediation IMPACT working group: vertical coordination

1.5 hour(s)
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), 9th floor


As a peace process is underway, track-I mediation efforts are crucial in reaching cease fire and peace agreements with the leaders of armed groups. While these negotiations are underway, grassroots mediators work diligently across the country to mitigate the violence perpetrated by armed men on civilian populations. Converging these two tracks can provide critical reinforcement in helping to advance sustainable peace.

Join our guest speakers at our next Mediation IMPACT working group meeting to discuss the way Mediation Support Units of multilateral organizations encourage collaboration with grassroots mediation efforts and the impact this has on agreement implementation? Are there institutional processes for vertical coordination between track-I and grassroots mediators during a peace process? Does community input in pre-agreement negotiations help or hurt the post-agreement implementation phase? Is coordination realistic at the height of the violence?

Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - Time: 10:00 - 11:30am (ET)

Location: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), 9th floor

Conference call-in #: 877-446-3914 (password: 244691)

Or via Skype (please submit your username)


Guest speakers (via Skype/call-in):

  • Ambassador Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga, Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division, Peace and Security, African Union Commission
  • Julian Davis, Standby Team Coordinator, Mediation Support Unit, Policy and Mediation Division, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations
  • Canan Gunduz, Mediation Advisor, Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Mediation, European External Action Service
  • Kristian Herbolzheimer, Philippines/Colombia Program Director, Conciliation Resources


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