Mediators Beyond Borders
The only lasting peace is the one built by the disputants themselves. Mediators Beyond Borders International (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.
We build capacity. At the invitation of local individuals and organizations, our volunteer members build mediation and organizational skills for preventing, resolving and healing from conflict. Most often, we work in communities that have been traumatized by war, major civil conflict or natural disasters. Currently, we have active projects in countries that include Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya, Nepal and Sierra Leone.
We promote mediation through advocacy. As an official observer organization for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), we attend UNFCCC climate change talks and conferences. At the conferences we advocate 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. We also encourage 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.
We provide consultancy services. MBBI mediates disputes directly. We provide 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.