Presentation by the Group of Friends of Mediation of the Draft Resolution on “Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution” by Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN and Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN

Ertuğrul Apakan 13.10.2012
Mr. President,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have the honor to present the draft resolution on Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution (A/66/L.60) on behalf of the Group of Friends of Mediation, chaired by Finland and Turkey.

Over a year ago, we adopted by consensus its first United Nation’s resolution on mediation (A/RES/65/283). The resolution that you have before you is follow-up to this landmark resolution. The aim of the resolution is to acknowledge the advances that have been made, to further consolidate the role and use of mediation in peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution including through the use of the United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation.

In line with the efforts to vitalize the General Assembly, the resolution does not repeat major sections of the previous resolution, rather in emphasizes the advancements that have been made, but at the same time reminds us that further work is necessary.
There are three central elements in the resolution these are
1. taking note of the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of resolution 65/283, including of the United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation asked for in resolution 65/283
2. promoting of the use of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution, through a call to different actors involved in mediation as well as through the use of the Guidance.
3. Last but not least, the bi-annualization of the handling of the sub-item on the agenda of the General Assembly in order able substantive and in-depth consideration of the issue.
We are delighted to bring this consensual draft resolution before this session of the General Assembly. As you, Mr. President, have had mediation as one of your priorities, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your valuable efforts and engagement on the issue. We wish also to thank all Member States for their constructive and active participation in the negotiations that led to this resolution


* The Group of the Friends of Mediation, founded in September 2010, is co-chaired by Finland and Turkey and consists currently of 32 UN Member States, the United Nations and 7 regional organizations (Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, African Union, Arab League, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, European Union, Organization of American States, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations)