During the International Mediators Community of Practice’s (IMCP) inaugural meeting, participants suggested areas of interest that fell into three broad categories: (1) Research and Analysis, (2) Member Support, and (3) Resources. Each category inspired the creation of an IMCP Section. This meeting was an opportunity for members to plan and strategize around each section’s first few events. At the end, participants divided themselves into smaller working groups to implement the activities discussed.
Facilitated by CIT and in collaboration with the AfP, the inaugural meeting of the IMCP brought together 26 representatives from multilateral organizations, government, NGOs and academia. Participants included a diverse number of mediation practitioners with backgrounds in track-I peace processes, track-II diplomacy, research, inter-religious peacebuilding, negotiation and environmental, water, civil society, family, and private sector mediation, including cases involving violent offenders, youths, gangs, and international child abductions.