Friday 5 November 2021

During COP 26, we held two special online seminars for signatories to the Green Pledge, to discuss how we can promote the Pledge, what the challenges are and how as mediators we can support each other as we try to reduce our carbon emissions and help the planet to survive climate change. Inspirational guest keynote speakers were William Ury, of Getting to Yes fame, and Tat Lim, the well known international mediator based in Singapore, together with Kai-Uwe Karl of GE Renewables. View the video recording of the keynote contributions here.

The full programme for these events can be found here. In the new year, we shall be following up with an action plan building on the great ideas generated in the breakout discussions.

6 October 2021

The Mediators Green Pledge was mentioned by Damian Croker from ODRPlat (a Supporting Organisation) at the UNMAP Conference on UN Sustainability Goals on 5th October in the context of its contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of mediators. Attendees were encouraged to attend WoMACC’s seminar on the 5th November.

24 September 2021

John Sturrock addressed the Mediate.com Task Force Final Report Forum. The Report’s 8th recommendation is:

Elevate the Recognition of Online Mediation as the “Green Way” to Resolve Disputes
Elevate the recognition of online mediation as the environmentally sound, accessible, cost effective, and safe way to resolve disputes.

Notable here are the efforts of [those] who have organized an effort to support a “Green Pledge for Mediators.”  See https://womacc.org. Thus far, nearly 300 mediators from around the world have signed up to support the Green Pledge for Mediators. Over 40 countries are already represented!  …...” 

18 February 2021

The Mediators Green Pledge was discussed at a webinar on “Sustainable ADR” on 18 February 2021 hosted by The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London Branch) and the London Court of International Arbitration. Anna Howard, a member of the WoMACC Facilitators’ Group, spoke to an international audience about the Pledge’s origins, its provisions and impact.

Read Kim Franklin QC’s summary of the event here.

The recording of the event is available here.