THE DPPA Online Mediation
This Practice Note outlines circumstances under which more direct involvement with local conflicts and mediation processes might be strategically relevant for United Nations mediators working on national political processes.
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Article 33 of the Charter of the United Nations provides that 'The parties to any dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice.'
Recognising the need for a more professional approach to mediation, the United Nations has enhanced its operational readiness to implement and support mediation efforts. A key innovation in this regard was the establishment of the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) within the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and, within the unit, the creation of the Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers.
UN guidance material and related documents for setting up and managing mediation initiatives.