Conflict Prevention, Peace building and Mediation

Investing in Peace

The EU is actively involved in mediation activities around the world to support, preserve and restore peace at any stage of a conflict. The overall objective of peacebuilding mediation is to prevent disputes from developing into violent conflict and to avoid further escalation.

The EU engages in a range of mediation roles to support peace processes, leading mediation as a third party, opening up and facilitating spaces for mediation and dialogue, or supporting mediation efforts of others, offering capacity building, training, logistical support and expertise.

Its approach to conflicts and crises makes use of a comprehensive set of tools during all stages of a conflict. It involves many different actors, including the European Commission, EU Special Representatives, EU Delegations, Member States and the European External Action Service.

Through its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, the EU funds activities in the areas of crisis response, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and crisis preparedness, and response to global, trans-regional and emerging threats. The instrument’s activities are implemented in partner countries around the world, in conflict zones, in post-conflict environments and in emerging crisis settings. The EU has also established a pool of mediators to strengthen the EU’s mediation outreach and operational capacity.

Peacebuilding mediation is diplomacy in action. It is an investment in inclusive and lasting political solutions. It is an investment in peace.

EU Peacebuilding mediation stories

Since the 2011 revolution, Libya has been facing political, security and migration challenges. The country has been politically divided in two: on one side the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and on the other Libyan National Army (LNA), controlling the vast majority of Libya.

The El Afweyn district in Sanaag region has been subject to violent inter-clan armed conflict since 2015

The European Union offers support to the victims and former affiliates of Boko Haram in Niger and helps them to reintegrate into their communities

Tensions, conflicts, and violent clashes between different groups are affecting the country’s fragile stability and resilience.

An EU project helps young people in Guinea to fight political and ethnic confrontation through theatre and film

European Resources for Mediation Support (ERMES) III is an EU project established by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) under its assistance for conflict prevention, peace-building and crisis preparedness.

An EU-organised seminar in Gaziantep (Turkey) brought together 30 prominent female representatives of the Syrian political opposition and leaders from local councils and civil society

On 24 November 2016, the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group signed a historical Peace Agreement, product of several years of negotiations in Havana, Cuba.

L’Extrême-Nord, la région la plus peuplée du Cameroun, est confrontée à des problèmes de sécurité en raison des attaques terroristes du groupe armé Boko Haram.


Peacemaking amid COVID-19

The EU funds a project supporting peacebuilding and access to humanitarian aid in the context of the pandemic in South Sudan

Empowering Syrian women to participate in the peace process

The EU is supporting training and giving voice to Syrian women peacebuilders

Women mediators: investing in women, investing in peace

Women are 50% of the world´s population, but they are vastly underrepresented in peace mediation processes

In 60 seconds - Why peace mediation matters?

Deputy Head of EUMM Georgia Kate Fearon answers to our 60 seconds challenge