ACCORD, as a member of the Mediation Support Network (MSN) participated in its annual meeting, on the theme, ‘Strengthening collaboration between the field of Diplomacy and Mediation Support’. The hybrid event took place from 30 March 2022 – 01 April 2022 in the Netherlands. The MSN is a global network of primarily non-governmental organizations that support mediation in peace processes and brings together members from across the globe to discuss on the trends and lessons shared on mediation practices.
The engaging and interactive discussions reflected on, the ways in which effective cooperation can be increased between mediation organizations and the field of diplomacy; and ideal situations that call for cooperation between mediation organisations and the diplomatic services. ACCORD’s Coordinator of Programmes, Marisha Ramdeen participated in the annual meeting virtually. Group work sessions focused on identifying challenges, opportunities, best case scenarios for cooperation, as well as identifying areas of improvements for cooperation between diplomats and mediators/mediation support organizations.
These discussions are instrumental for the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt towards advancing mediation efforts and further guided institutions who experienced challenges to find creative ways to overcome setbacks. A key focus of the discussions centred on the emphasis of engagement at the national and community level.
ACCORD will continue to collaborate with global institutions to share and gain insights and lessons on mediation and conflict prevention practices for the effective implementation of sustainable peace efforts.