Mediation is respectful cooperation in conflict and an intelligent and human way of thinking
HH the Begum AGa Khan
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Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan supports mediation as an innovative alternative to litigation. Mediation is involved in many areas of daily life, such as, family, school, the economy and the environment. The Begum, FDP leader Dr. Guido Westerwelle and Mrs. Charlotte Knobloch, Chairman of the Central Council for Jews in Germany are members of jury panel convened by the Contarini Institute of the Distance Learning University at Hagen and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mediation. Its task was to select sponsorship projects for the coveted study of mediation. The Begum and her charitable organisation, the Princess Inaara Foundation, works for needy families and for more understanding and tolerance between cultures, sees in mediation a great opportunity for society.
The Begum said “Mediation is a voluntary, constructive process in which the parties in a dispute, with the aid of a neutral intermediary, the so-called mediator, themselves seek agreement, instead of battling it out in the court. The mediator helps the often very entrenched parties to speak to each other again, helps avoid the conflict escalating and helps to highlight the parties’ interests without proposing a decision. In a family mediation, for instance, parents who are at loggerheads succeed in making reasonable arrangements for the future in the interest of their beloved child. Mediation is respectful cooperation in conflict and an intelligent and humane way of thinking. However, mediation can only help where both or all parties have a real desire to reach agreement.”