Today I hope that everyone can take time to spend with family and friends to celebrate whatever they feel like. So today there is no post, just a wintry Christmas colouring page to encourage some rest and relaxation.
Finally Winter has arrived in Hong Kong. To celebrate, I am sharing a colouring page in the link below. As I have mentioned before, drawing and painting are a necessary part of living, especially when things are challenging. I hope this gives you a few minutes off to get out your watercolours or paints and just breathe.
On 7 August 54 countries will meet in Singapore to sign the UNCITRAL Singapore Convention on International Agreements resulting from Mediation. Once three countries have signed the Convention it will be available for ratification.
At the National Mediation Conference in Canberra earlier this year, I suggested that this could be a Big Bang for mediation in the same way that the New York Convention changed the landscape for arbitration.
Many practitioners argue that the credibility given to mediation by the Convention should encourage parties to mediate their commercial disputes.
What are the key points?
For further analysis of the potential impact, please refer to my upcoming article in the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal on the Singapore Convention based on my NMC paper.
2018 has been a fascinating year. I would like to thank everyone I have worked with for their humour, patience and wisdom.
I am looking forward to continuing to learn more in 2019 and seeing more people embrace their own abilities to solve problems and resolve conflict.
Wishing everyone a warm, happy, 'puppy of a year' ahead.
With thanks to Ginger for the rein-dog modelling.