This month gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we can each play a part in creating a more peaceful, generous, and hopeful world, especially during these challenging and stressful times. The theme for Mediation Week 2021 is “Confronting Conflict with Resilience and Courage.”

Our Jamat has a long history of utilising peaceful dispute resolution practices. The current iteration of this long history are the Conciliation and Arbitration Boards established by Mawlana Hazar Imam when he signed the Ismaili Constitution in 1986.

In his speech at the Enabling Environment Conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on 4 June 2007, Hazar Imam said, “What a sound enabling environment must do is to create a favorable framework in which human creativity can flourish...  While these concerns are largely the responsibilities of government I believe that the ethics of Islam can contribute significantly to their achievement, especially the importance Islam places on mediation and conciliation.”

To commemorate Conflict Resolution Day and Mediation Week 2021, the Ismaili International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (ICAB) invites you to a series of conversations which explore how people can anticipate different types of conflict and deal with them with courage and resilience, and in a way that does not damage the fabric of our society and community. This year, we will commence Mediation Week on 17 October through 23 October by introducing two new programs hosted by Zulie Sachedina, Chairman for ICAB, with leading global conflict resolution experts. These include conversations on the following topics:

Tuesday, 19 October - "Developments and Trends in Mediation and Arbitration," with James South, Chief Executive for the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, and Steven Anderson, Vice President for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, American Arbitration Association

Thursday, 21 October - "Family Conflicts in Challenging Times - A Global Perspective," with Jean Ayoub, Secretary General and CEO for the International Social Service

While Mediation Week is a time to highlight the impact mediation and other peaceful dispute resolution processes can have on individuals in conflict, we invite you to explore how mediation and conciliation can help keep everyday conflicts from festering and how it can bring peace and solace to individuals in difficult times. Explore to learn how the Conciliation and Arbitration Boards, with its trained professionals, use best practices to assist the Jamat across the globe by resolving disputes in a safe, secure and confidential manner. 

For more information about the upcoming programmes please visit