The MBB Annual Congress attracts hundreds of attendees worldwide to network and brainstorm solutions for addressing mediation and conflict resolution. Months in planning, the Congress offers all who are interested a unique opportunity to learn the latest tactics and strategies from those who have been on the front lines. View videos from our Congresses here.
About the 2015 Congress
“The spirit of comradeship, friendship and eagerness to build partnership was evident in the entire Congress …” Cyril Mwandla.
Building on the experience of the six previous events, the 7th Congress was another major step in developing the capacity for a more peaceable world. More than 200 mediators and peace builders from 36 different countries had the chance to share ideas, experiences and strategies, while building friendships and networks.
Our Congress was the only event in Europe in 2015 to address:
- Multidisciplinary perspectives on mediation & conflict transformation
- Issues of social cohesion & positive peace from the mediation perspective
- Building the capacity for peaceful conflict resolution, as social responsibility
“I learned the importance of working with local people in grass root level who understand their issues and needs in times of conflicts where they address the issues through a process of dialogues and positive conversations.” Gugu Madlala
What was featured
This year’s Congress included:
- 2015 MBBITI Training: Women in Peacebuilding
- Pre-Congress Training: Advanced one-day intensive training
- Connecting and collaborating with mediators and peace builders from around the globe
- Presentations from carefully screened world class speakers
- Three plenary sessions and 20 skill-enhancing workshops
- A “Welcome” cocktail gathering and a 2015 Congress gala
MBB warmly acknowledges STARS for contributions too numerous to list as our Co-Organizer for this event.
MBB President and CEO Prabha Sankaranarayan is interviewed by Romanian newspaper and was recently published in three parts: part 1 about the Garissa massacre, part 2 about the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, and part 3.
Peacebuilding processes and womenThe Conference presentations and workshops focused on the following themes:
- Historical conflicts and divisions
- Emerging conflicts and tensions
- Climate-change related conflicts
- Opportunities and challenges for conflict transformation through trauma-informed peacebuilding and restorative justice practices
MBB appreciates the contributions of the Congress photographers: Steve Goldsmith, Simone Heuer and Dragos Robatzchi Zaia.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL is an organization with an excellent reputation of morality and social commitment. It is one of the most influential organizations with a worldwide membership of 1.2 million Rotarians who are also leaders in their and communities. District 2241 Romania and Republic of Moldova is part of this global network gathering over 3000 Rotarians in 113 clubs, active in humanitarian services, supporting peace, conflict resolution and prevention and promoting high ethical standards.
PLOWSHARE INSTITUTE (recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize) is a catalyst for social change that has been addressing social risks and conflicts for nearly 25 years. In partnershi[ with an international advisory council and collaborative agencies on five continents, the Institute staff designs and implements projects that identify and address emerging social needs in order to build a more just and peaceful community.
S.T.A.R.S. Romania aims to promote social peace by training active and informed citizens, encouraging alternative disputes resolution methods, study of society in all its aspects and promotion of entrepreneurship, as a method of individual and social involvement.