Find Mediators Near You:

UN Member Countries Promote Use of Mediation to Peacefully Resolve Conflict

From the JAMS ADR Blog by Chris Poole

Ghana held a press conference on October 24, its annual UN Day, to announce its support of peaceful resolution through mediation. Coming off the heels of the recent UN resolution to make the most of mediation to peacefully resolve disputes, Ghana also called on other member countries to make the most out of this opportunity and “to reflect and deliberate on issues affecting humanity.”

Noting the “untapped potential” of mediation, the UN resolution, drafted as a joint effort by groups in Finland and Turkey, encourages countries to optimize their use of mediation and other tools outlined in Chapter VI of the UN Charter for the peaceful settlement of disputes as well as conflict prevention and resolution. The text, adopted unanimously without a vote, is the first resolution on the use of mediation ever passed by the United Nations.

The General Assembly resolution marks mediation’s rise to prominence on the international stage and lays a foundation for its expanded use in peacefully resolving conflict.

In addition to calling generally for the use of mediation in resolving conflict, the General Assembly text specifically encouraged member states to “promote women’s equal, full and effective participation” as lead mediators and to “develop national mediation capacities in order to ensure coherence and responsiveness.” This emphasis on geographic diversity as well as the role of women is seen as crucial to the success of mediation as a universal tool for peace.

The ultimate test of the General Assembly’s resolution will be the real-world impact of the principles laid out in the text. The international ADR community can do its part by engaging in projects that help foster the use of mediation to resolve conflict. By showing leadership and lending our skills, we can turn the spirit of this important UN resolution into action

If you would like to read a more in-depth version of this article, please click here.

                        author

Chris Poole

The JAMS ADR blog serves to engage our clients, the legal community and the public in a discussion about alternative dispute resolution. As leaders and experts in mediation, arbitration and more, it’s our duty to remain at the forefront of legal developments, trends and news in areas of law that… MORE >

Featured Members

ad
View all

Read these next

Category

Keystone Conference: Megatrends for Mediators in Politics

Related Video Honeyman's talk focused on the influence of money. In both domestic politics and international relations, he drew a distinction between "organized" politics (where costs were going up) and...

By Christopher Honeyman
Category

“Hot-Tubbing” and ADR?

Just Court ADR by Susan M. Yates,Jennifer Shack, Heather Scheiwe Kulp, and Jessica Glowinski.Did you know there is an ADR process called “hot-tubbing?” This was news to me when I...

By Susan Yates
Category

Traits of a ‘Mediator’

Mediation is a science and an art. Although many mediation skills may be taught, the development of a skilled mediator requires experience in dealing with people in all conditions and...

By SAMUEL J IMPERATI
×