Every year, the third Thursday in October is designated as Conflict Resolution Day, a global event intended to promote the concept of peaceful conflict resolution. Mediation Week is also celebrated during the month of October. 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 2020 is “Access to Justice – The Role of Mediation.”

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 2020, the Ismaili International Conciliation and Arbitration Board invites all members of the Jamat to a series of conversations which explore the issues facing us today, to appreciate the ethical underpinning of our system, and to learn how the Conciliation and Arbitration Boards use best practices to assist the Jamat across the globe.

We will commence the programme on Thursday, 15 October to celebrate Conflict Resolution Day with a conversation between Shainul Kassam and Zulie Sachedina, Chairman of the Ismaili International Conciliation and Arbitration Board.

For Mediation Awareness Week, Chairman Zulie Sachedina will moderate a series of conversations on the following topics:

19 October  – Conflict and Ethics
20 October  – Educating the Young
21 October  – Family Harmony
22 October – The Global Jamat: Migration and Global Endeavours
23 October  – Preparing for the Future

For more information about the upcoming programmes, please visit the.ismaili/CAB and the.ismaili/tv.