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.
MBBI holds Special NGO Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This status provides MBBI with access to ECOSOC and other aspects of United Nations. For information on ECOSOC Consultative Status, please visit their website. MBBI is also the 2016 recipient of ACR International’s Outstanding Leadership Award, which honors exceptional work promoting conflict resolution in local communities around the globe, particularly in challenging or demanding circumstances.
The engine of MBBI, advancing local skills for peace and promoting mediation worldwide, is 200-plus volunteers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Our multidisciplinary teams jointly design and implement projects with local partners to improve local abilities to heal from severe conflict, reconcile communities, and establish conflict management that endures into the future.
MBBI is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization.
In early 2017, MBBI was welcomed to the ‘City of Peace”- the Hague, the Netherlands – where it registered as MBBI Stichting. MBBI is delighted to enter this stage of its global work. This next step allows us to form strategic partnerships with organizations and communities in the region and to support our members’ activities in Europe.