Conflict Prevention, Peace building and Mediation

Support to street children in Cali (Colombia)Support to street children in Cali (Colombia)

As a global actor, the EU promotes integration as a means to support peace and prosperity and to overcome conflicts around the world.      

Peace building and conflict prevention are at the heart of EEAS action. The EU aims to “promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples” (TEU Art 3(1) as amended by the Lisbon Treaty) and to “preserve peace, prevent conflicts and strengthen international security” (Article 21(2)).

How does the EU promote peace in the world?

Peace building

The EU is the world's largest trading partner and aid donor, a key contributor to international organisations, a significant provider of security in its own right and in cooperation with key strategic partners.

The EU is also able to employ its wide array of external assistance instruments in support of conflict prevention and peace building. The EU is one of the biggest donors in this area.

Conflict prevention

The EU external action for the prevention of conflicts  is based on:

The EU Early Warning System pdf - 478 KB [478 KB]  is a risk management tool for upstream conflict prevention. It addresses conflict risks before they lead to violence. It is designed to close the gap between early warning and early action by engaging EU staff across headquarters and in-country in a joint assessment process that incorporates specific recommendations and follow-up for action. The EU also promotes the systematic use of conflict analysis, notably in fragile and conflict-prone countries.

Mediation and Dialogue

HRVP Federica Mogherini meets a palestinian family (Gaza)HRVP Federica Mogherini meets a palestinian family (Gaza)

Mediation is part of the EU’s on-the-ground preventive diplomacy and is a component of the EU’s conflict prevention and peace-building toolbox for conflict countries.

Based on the Concept on Strengthening EU Mediation and Dialogue Capacities adopted in November 2009 pdf - 156 KB [156 KB] , the EU has developed its own mediation support capacity.

Actors such as EU Special Representatives and frequently engaged in mediation efforts, alongside EU Delegations and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions. These range from high political level mediation meetings to political facilitation and confidence building. The EU is also active in dialogue processes involving civil society organisations at grassroots levels, in particular through the Instrument for Stability (IfS).

The EEAS’s "Conflict prevention, Peace building and Mediation Instruments Division” supports geographic services, EU Delegations, EU Special Representatives and EEAS senior management charged with taking decisions in the pursuit of peace, peace mediation and conflict prevention.

The aim of the Mediation Support Team pdf - 424 KB [424 KB] español (es) français (fr)  is to promote the use of mediation and dialogue as a tool of first response to emerging and ongoing crisis.

Factsheets on Mediation and Dialogue:

 

Study on EU lessons learnt in mediation and dialogue

Evaluatory review of the EEAS Mediation Support Pilot Project


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  • 20/03/2015
    High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to visit Belgrade and Pristina High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to visit Belgrade and Pristina 03/20/2015 12:05:30 03/20/2015 12:05:30 03/20/2015 12:05:30 03/08/2016 12:05:30 2015032012 090126248ecf7496 N 090126248ecf7496 /statements-eeas/2015/150320_01_en.htm 4669 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150320_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150320_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150320_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150320_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to visit Belgrade and Pristina
  • 01/03/2015
    Déclaration de la Haute Représentante/Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini et du Commissaire à la coopération internationale et au développement Neven Mimica sur la signature de l'accord sur le Mali dans le cadre du processus d'Alger Déclaration de la Haute Représentante/Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini et du Commissaire à la coopération internationale et au développement Neven Mimica sur la signature de l'accord sur le Mali dans le cadre du processus d'Alger <p>L'accord intervenu aujourd'hui à Alger représente une étape significative visant à instaurer une paix durable au Mali. A cette fin, les efforts déployés par l'Algérie depuis de nombreux mois - ainsi que ceux de tous les membres de la médiation à laquelle l'Union européenne appartient - ont permis de parvenir à un tel résultat.</p> 03/01/2015 00:00:00 03/01/2015 00:00:00 03/01/2015 00:00:00 03/01/2015 00:00:00 2015030100 090126248eb23fdb N 090126248eb23fdb /statements-eeas/2015/150301_01_fr.htm 4997 xml N /statements-eeas/2015/150301_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150301_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150301_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Déclaration de la Haute Représentante/Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini et du Commissaire à la coopération internationale et au développement Neven Mimica sur la signature de l'accord sur le Mali dans le cadre du processus d'Alger français (fr)
  • 14/11/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue <p>The working group on liaison arrangements met today in Brussels and agreed on the arrangements and specific modalities for official visits exchanged between the two parties.</p> 11/14/2014 15:02:01 11/14/2014 15:02:01 11/14/2014 15:02:01 11/02/2015 15:02:01 2014111415 090126248d483766 N 090126248d483766 /statements-eeas/2014/141114_01_en.htm 9863 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141114_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141114_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141114_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141114_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the progress in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue
  • 25/09/2014
    613 65744 1 _blank Statement on the forthcoming entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty Statement on the forthcoming entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty

    We welcome the fact that 53 States have now ratified the Arms Trade Treaty, thereby enabling its entry into force in 90 days. The threshold for entry into force has been passed with a significant contribution from EU Member States.

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    Statement on the forthcoming entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty pdf - 470 KB [470 KB] français (fr)
  • 19/08/2014
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    EU Mediation Support Team - Factsheet 2014 pdf - 424 KB [424 KB] español (es) français (fr)

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