The European Union (EU) is committed to the promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development and is generally seen as credible and ethical actor in situations of instability and conflict and is thus well placed to mediate, facilitate or support mediation and dialogue processes. While mediation is not a new area to the EU, a more coordinated and focused approach has been sought to enhance the EU’s ability to play a more active international role in this area. The EU budgetary authorities requested the European External Action Service (EEAS) to implement a pilot project in accordance with the Concept on Strengthening EU Mediation and Dialogue Capacities, by: • Developing and making available training and internal capacity building opportunities in connection with mediation and dialogue related tasks as well as also situation awareness for EEAS staff at headquarters, Union staff personnel deployed in missions and heads of delegation and their staff; • Engaging in knowledge management, including lessons-learned processes, the identification of best practices and development of guidelines; • Preparing for the establishment of a roster of deployable experts in mediation and dialogue processes, taking into consideration the ongoing work of the United Nations and other organisations in setting up such rosters. The objective of the AETS consortium contract was thus to produce a series of evidence-based documents that would contribute to the generation of knowledge on mediation and dialogue and demonstrate the impact of EU mediation support.

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