08.00-09.00    Registration

        (All participants are requested to take their seats by 09.15)

09.20-09.25   Recitation from the Holy Quran

09.30-09.45    Opening Address

H.E. Mr. Mevlüt ÇAVUŞOĞLU, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey

09.45-10.00    Keynote Speech

H.E. Mr. Youssef AL-DOBEAY, Ambassador, Under Secretary General for Political Affairs of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

10.00-10.30    Coffee Break

10.30-11.45    Presentation

Miguel Angel MORATINOS, High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations


Erdoğan İŞCAN, Ambassador, Member of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT)

Rapporteur: Ebru Canan SOKULLU, Bahçeşehir University

The current global system is characterized by increased mobility. This inevitably leads to a higher degree of intercultural exchange and greater perception of cultural differences. Though this does not possess the potential to lead to conflicts in its own right, the manipulation of this diversity is portrayed as one of the main causes of conflict and the intensification of current conflicts. The High Representative will discuss this misperception along with ways to address and reverse it.

11.45 – 14.00    Prayer Break and Buffet Lunch 

14.00 – 15.30    Panel 1: Culturally Sensitive Mediation: Contours of a Code of Conduct

Today’s conflicts cover a wide geography and involve multi-stakeholders with different cultural backgrounds and expectations from conflicts and their resolutions. These differences stem from ways of living, religion, language, norms among others. Given these differences play a role in every phase of conflicts, mediation efforts should take them into account.

Insider mediators may have a relative advantage in this regard. However, the involvement of outsider mediators is often necessary. While these would have a relative advantage in creating the perception of neutrality and impartiality amongst conflict parties, they most of the time have difficulties in adapting to and maneuvering around the cultural tenets of the parties involved.

Such challenges underline the need for a culturally sensitive mediation approach and a guide on it. There are several questions that need to be answered to find a definitive approach to this endeavor:

- What is culturally sensitive mediation?

- How can outsider mediators learn about the culture in which they will operate?

- Why should outsider mediators have a holistic approach to culture that would not be limited to the mediation process?

- What are the limits on cultural sensitivity in mediation?

- What role can international organizations, particularly the OIC, play in the creation of culturally sensitive mediation approaches and a guide on them?


Ahmed SAREER, Ambassador, Director, Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution Unit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation


Nebil DABUR, Director General, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries

Mutlaq bin Majid AL-QAHTANI, Ambassador, Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar for Counter-Terrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution

Abdessattar Ben MOUSSA, Former Head of Tunisian Human Rights League and the Current Ombudsman of the Republic of Tunisia

Miriam CORONEL-FERRER, Member of the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts

Nejib FRIJI, Director, International Peace Institute MENA Office

Rapporteur: Fadi FARASIN, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries


15.30 – 15.45    Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:00     Panel 2: Human-centric Conflict Resolution: Notes from the Field


Fuat KEYMAN, Director, Istanbul Policy Center


Nasser JUDEH, Member of the UNSG’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation (HLAB)

Ertuğrul APAKAN, Ambassador, Former Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Rapporteur: Pınar AKPINAR, Sabancı University


17.00 – 17.30     Closing Remarks

Burak AKÇAPAR, Ambassador, Director General for Foreign Policy, Analysis and Coordination at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey