Typically, conflicts around the world now include multiple 'actors', best illustrated by the Syrian conflict. This means that these conflicts are now much more complicated, and resolving them, therefore, requires varied skill sets and tactics.
It's good to see the UK and ultimately the UN placing such significance on mediation as one of these processes - the Good Friday agreement being used here as a successful example. This speech by Lord Ahmed also nicely illustrates the global reach of mediation and how it can work alongside other means of conflict resolution.
Additionally, the UN Security Council's resolution 1325 seeks to ensure the participation of women in conflict resolution which, although feeling fairly obvious, is a positive step forward. His closing speech nicely summarises the importance of mediation in (global) conflict resolution and the role of women in this. But, more needs to be done in this space, which is why CEDR is running a new Diversity and Inclusion initiative (watch this space) and why we've launched a new Peacemaking course for mediators wanting to get into the field of international peacemaking.
Watch Susanne Schuler and Nita Yawanarajah discuss international peacemaking and the Syrian conflict in our latest #CEDRtalks video: https://youtu.be/8Ifc7aijs2I
Ned Collier is a Marketing & Communications Manager at CEDR.
We now need to look forward and towards the next decade and address the changing nature of conflict, the complexity of conflict and the increasing number of mediation actors.