30 May 2013
The national workshop of all Kazakhstan regional mediators which
are getting together to discuss the art of mediation development in the
country will take place in Astana on 31 May 2013.
The representatives of major mediation organizations along with the
oblast judges and Academy of Public Management under the President of
RoK will talk about with mediation development dynamics at oblast and
rayon levels, discuss existing relationships between mediators and local
government, legal and judicial bodies. A special attitude will be given
to mediation legislation and regulations with the followed discussion
of the changes required to allow for effective conflict resolution with
the means of mediation.
During the workshop the participants will be presented with the new
training program for mediators and training of mediation trainers which
has been elaborated by the Centre of Peace Making and Mediation
“Mediatsia” with the support of UNDP in Kazakhstan.
Mediatsia Centre has trained 120 professional mediators and 53
trainers in mediation. It is expected that this training module will be
proposed to be included in the curriculum of universities and
organizations providing upgrade of professional skills of civil
servants. This should also allow for awareness raising on effectiveness
of mediation institution at work and daily life and extend potential
ground of professional mediators.
Also in the course of the workshop there will be reporting of
grantees among mediation organization that received UNDP grants aimed to
develop a rayon and community level mediation in rural areas. Within
the small grant implementation program more than 30 professional and
over 100 unprofessional mediators have been trained. Representatives of
judicial bodies will share experience of work with mediators in regard
to small and Juvenal cases. As a rule the rural citizens of all rayon
villages apply to the rayon courts which results in the increased
workload of rayon judges. At the same time if they would use mediators’
services the burden at rayon courts will be getting down. As another
option, unprofessional mediators can help the parties to resolve small
issues without need to travel to the rayon center and without additional
The expected outcome of this workshop is a development of action
plan for further development of mediation in the regions, including
rayon levels, and working out the training strategy for training
professional and unprofessional mediators in the regions. Another
outcome will be the recommendations of practicing mediators towards
changes in the exiting mediation legislation that regulates mediators’
and mediation organization activities.
Mass media representatives are invited to participate in the workshop
which will take place in Grand Park Esil Hotel in Astana on 31 from
09.00 to 18.00. Interview time is 11.00. Additional information can be
obtained from Gulmira Tulesbayeva, UNDP Mediation Development Project
Manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org) tel.: +7 (7172) 580914.