The Network participates in leading, funding, developing, and supporting trainings for the international community and faith-based and tradition-oriented peacemakers on how to include religion, traditions and various worldviews in mediation and peace processes.
Religion and Mediation Course
The religion and Mediation Course is a specialized training course developed for mediators, peace practitioners, policy makers and other individuals working to address conflicts in contexts where religion, tradition and/or different worldviews have strong relevance. This experience-oriented and interactive learning course aims to advance the understanding of how religion, tradition and worldviews play a role in conflict resolution, provide tools for analysing the role of religion, tradition and worldviews in conflict and advance familiarity in approaches to mediating and transforming conflicts with the aforementioned dimensions.
The Religion and Mediation Course convenes annually 25 selected individuals in Switzerland. It is a collaborative effort of the Network, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, CSS/ETH Zurich and the Network. Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 Religion and Mediation Course application.
UN Specialized Training Course
The Network together with CSS/ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and UN Department of Political Affairs conduct specialized training courses for UNDPA and DPKO staff to advance religion and mediation within the United Nations. This course introduces concepts and tools for analyzing the role of religion, tradition and worldview differences in conflict and approaches to mediating and transforming conflicts with these dimensions. The course combines guest speakers, peer-to-peer learning, case studies, simulations and class discussions.