CONCEPT NOTE


VIth ISTANBUL MEDIATION CONFERENCE

International Peace Mediation:

Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

(With the Participation of the UNSG and the His High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation)

İstanbul, 31 October 2019

The İstanbul Mediation Conferences have a tradition of combining the inquiry of extant and emerging issues in mediation. As the Mediation for Peace initiative at the UN approaches its tenth anniversary, the sixth edition of the Conference will maintain this dual focus by taking stock and looking ahead.

The conference will be inaugurated by the Honorable Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres and the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Issues such as synergy among policy-makers, diplomats, international organizations, NGOs, businesses, women, youth and mediators; avoiding fragmentation and duplication of efforts and increasing complementarity, coordination and inclusion as well as the role of technology will be explored throughout the conference.

The central piece of the Conference will be a facilitated discussion with the members of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.