Mediators Beyond Borders International

Region : Global

Established : 2006 Website :

Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) believes the only lasting peace is the one built by the disputants themselves. MBBI works to bring mediation and peace skills to communities around the globe so that they can, in turn, build a more peace “able” world. To this end, MBBI organizes initiatives to address three essential objectives: Capacity building, promoting mediation through advocacy, and delivering consultancy services.

MBBI builds capacity. At the invitation of local individuals and organizations, MBBI volunteer members build mediation and organizational skills for preventing, resolving and healing from conflict. Most often, MBBI works in communities that have been traumatized by war, major civil conflict or natural disasters. Currently, MBBI has active projects in countries that include Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya, Nepal and Sierra Leone.

MBBI promotes mediation through advocacy. As an official observer organization for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), MBBI attends UNFCCC climate change talks and conferences. At the conferences MBBI advocates for the term “mediation” to be included in the UNFCCC’s legally binding agreements as an additional method to address climate change conflicts and disputes. MBBI also encourages the development and implementation of educational and public awareness programs for mediation, conflict management and informal problem solving to address climate change and its effects.

MBBI provides consultancy services. MBBI mediates disputes directly. MBBI provides training and coaching in mediation, and for many other conflict resolution techniques, to help individuals and organizations reach agreement, resolve conflicts, solve problems, build trust, and heal relationships.

MBBI holds Special NGO Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This status provides MBBI with access to ECOSOC and other aspects of United Nations. For information on ECOSOC Consultative Status, please visit their website. MBBI is also the 2016 recipient of ACR International’s Outstanding Leadership Award, which honors exceptional work promoting conflict resolution in local communities around the globe, particularly in challenging or demanding circumstances.

The engine of MBBI, advancing local skills for peace and promoting mediation worldwide, is 200-plus volunteers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. The MBBI multidisciplinary teams jointly design and implement projects with local partners to improve local abilities to heal from severe conflict, reconcile communities, and establish conflict management that endures into the future.

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