Its main areas of activity are the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Latin America, with a permanent presence in Colombia. It has also been involved in the South Caucasus region and has extensive experience in Western Sahara.
CITpax is part of a small group of international organizations dedicated to parallel or private diplomacy and contributes to the exchange of experiences and the consolidation of activities of mediation as an essential tool in the process of peacebuilding.
The Toledo International Centre for Peace (CITpax) is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to contribute to conflict prevention and resolution, and peacebuilding. CITpax assumes that the search for lasting peace involves the implementation of activities for social transformation, development and institutional strengthening.
CITpax therefore seeks to find solutions to national or international conflicts through mediation, facilitation and the development of bridging proposals. It uses second track diplomacy, which involves civil society actors with a capacity to influence decision makers.
Founded in 2004, CITpax is a unique institution on the Spanish stage. Beyond the activities of a traditional think tank, which are mainly related to diagnosis and research, CITpax’s work is action-orientated: it seeks to change the reality of conflicts in the pursuit and attainment of peace.
Josep Piqué is the president of CITpax.
CITpax seeks to find solutions to national or international conflicts through mediation, facilitation and the development of bridging proposals.
•Back-channel negotiations: discreet meetings between conflicting parties, involving no official representatives, but with access to political leaders with decision-making capacity
•Providing advice to official and unofficial actors in negotiation
•The organization of meetings and fora for promoting exchange of experiences and lessons learned in the field of mediation
•Capacity building in the field of mediation
Policy Development & Public Discussion
•The organisation of closed-door workshops and meetings with representatives of civil society, national and international experts as well as officials in order to open new lines of communication and lay the foundation for trust between the parties
•Meetings involving policymakers and experts to increase knowledge and understanding regarding specific issues of contention or complexity
•Public seminars and conferences on policy issues related to mediation and peacebuilding