Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 21st 2014 Contents The Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago (Mediation Board) is the b
which certifies and regulates mediators, mediation trainers, media
training programmes and mediation agencies pursuant to the Media
Act No. 8 of 2004 (Mediation Act). The Mediation Board takes this opportu
to celebrate a significant day in our calendar, 21st September declared by
United Nations Assembly as International Day of Peace. It is the day set a
for our common nations to put down our arms to bring a ceasefire to ho
ties to reflect on peace and peacemaking. As a member of the UN we o
not to be lulled into complacency by being blessed by the absence of war
hostilities unfortunately visited in other nations. We must recognise tha
too are actively engaged in bringing an end to conflict and violence whe
it's in the home, in the community, in our workplace or political life. As a c
munity of human beings we share a global vision of a peaceful humanity
Mediation is a process in which a Mediator facilitates and encourages com
nication and negotiation between the mediation parties, and seeks to assis
mediation parties in arriving at a voluntary agreement. It is a process of res
ing conflict peacefully, building an awareness of the need for co-operation
consensus. It is a method to create peaceful relationships, and positively tr
Since 2010 the Mediation Board has been hosting educational programme
build an awareness of the use of mediation including the hosting o
Mediation Week and an Annual Mediation Symposium where internati
regional and our own experts on mediation present varying views on the
and development of mediation. This year the Mediation Board's them
"Building a Caring and Peaceful Nation through Mediation" and was launc
at our 4th Annual Mediation Symposium at Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Trin
on 14th and 15th November, 2013.
The Mediation Board calls upon our national community to join us in the in
tive to build a peaceful and caring nation through mediation: to develop
language of collaborative consensus; to create the opportunities of peace m
ing and to transform our society into an enlightened nation.
It is this call to the national community which has motivated us to launch
Inaugural Peace Summit in collaboration with the Tobago House of Assem
which is scheduled to take place on 02nd and 03rd October, 2014. We
take the opportunity to launch our second instalment of the Peace Awa
Champions of Peace which will be awarded in September 2015 after scr
ing applicants over a one year period.
The Mediation Board in collaboration with the Tobago House of Assemb
hosting the first Peace Summit on 02nd and 03rd October, 2014. This sum
is geared towards encouraging the use of Tobago as a peace hub not just lo
ly but regionally and in the future internationally for events such as this.
island is such an idyllic place and it resonates peace. It is an ideal location
such a summit.
The idea of the Peace Summit is to bring together groups and individuals
are working on peace in our society to share their work with others so tha
Mr. Cliff Hendler the Founder & Past President of the International Academy of
Mediators, a feature speaker at the Symposium confirmed that "The mediation
is more than a tool for resolving human conflict but a process of transforming
attitudes to embrace critical core human values of respect, patience and under-
standing, tolerance and compassion which is vital for peaceful co-existence in
Ministries, Prisons, civil servants, educators, accountants, human resource spe-
cialist and a number of whom are on our roster of certified mediators. They
represent an eclectic group of people all committed to the task of resolving dis-
putes, engaged in problem solving, all committed to making a brighter future
for our nation from the roots up. They are in our view all PEACEMAKERS!
The roster of certified mediators now stands at 410 and the interest in media-
tion is growing in the private and public sector.
Over 325 participants attended our 4th Annual Mediation Symposium over the
two days. These participants represented a large cross-section of society ranging
from Judicial Officers, Ministries, Prisons, civil servants, educators, accountants,
human resource specialist and a number of whom are on our roster of certified
mediators. They represent an eclectic group of people all committed to the task
of resolving disputes, engaged in problem solving, all committed to making a
brighter future for our nation from the roots up.
Theme "Building a Caring and Peaceful Nation through Mediation" depicted
through Backdrop developed by Myers Design Limited
The Symposium's backdrop depicted the imagery of the development of medi-
ation from the roots of our cultural norms including the Panchyat and other
indigenous forms of dispute resolution systems which underscores the sense of
community, cooperation and consensus when we are engaged in the process
of peacefully resolving conflict.
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