Bangamoro leaders, peace advocates attend Mediation and Negotiation Training Workshop

Select Bangsamoro leaders engaging in peace advocacy and supporting the Bangsamoro peace process attended the Training-Workshop on Negotiation and Mediation as Instruments for Conflict Settlement for Bangsamoro Leaders held at Waterfront Hotel, Davao City on September 14-17, 2016.

The activity aimed to increase the capacity of the participants in handling mediation and negotiation as peace-building and peace-keeping approaches used to address conflicts.

The training was facilitated by negotiation and mediation international experts, Prof. Wilbur Perlot (Dutch) and Prof. Mark Anstey (British) from Netherlands Institute for International Relations.

Among the participants were representatives from the academe, Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations, Bangsamoro Development Agency, Bangsamoro Transition Commission and some organs of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and international NGO Clingandael, a Dutch think tank and diplomatic academy which aims to enhance insight in international relations, sponsored the activity.

In the previous years, UNDP supported the Culture of Peace (COP) Training targeting conflict affected areas of Mindanao in a bid to strengthen community peace.

COP training participants learned dialogue, arbitration negotiation and mediation as the approaches in settling disputes. The training also stressed the importance of communication to avoid conflict.

Mediation is a third party assisted intervention aimed to settle conflict by helping the disputants to come up with agreed solution.