New technologies increasingly shape the environment of peace mediation, as conflict parties and mediators resort to technology for different purposes. This trend is likely to continue and yet, mediation practitioners are ill prepared and do not fully understand the impact of new technologies on peace mediation. To address this gap, in March 2018, the UN Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA), together with three Switzerland-based organizations – swisspeace, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and DiploFoundation – initiated the CyberMediation Initiative. The Initiative dovetails with UN efforts to better understand and leverage new technologies in global governance and collective security.
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