Dear Reader,

The winners of the first Coventry Schools Peace Poem Competition were announced in December. They were a class of seven-year-olds from Keresley Grange Academy and an eleven-year-old student Harry Lovelock from President Kennedy School. The Lord Mayor will present certificates and prizes to the winners in January. We have published a book containing all the poems submitted. See the link below.

We wish our readers a happy and peaceful new year.

Thank you for your continued support of our work in sharing news and events related to peace and reconciliation with communities in Coventry.

Please do let us know of any peace-related news or activities happening in or near Coventry and we will be happy to add them to our website and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation


Peace News

Football for Peace

Can football be an agent of peace? Football for Peace believes so. It is an international movement that wants to foster lasting peace, equality and integration between communities around the world, and show governments and policy makers how the simple concept of football diplomacy can be a viable tool for them to affect change. "Our vision is that every country in the …

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Winners of Coventry Children's Peace Poem Competition

During the Coventry Peace Festival leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of the Second World War, the Committee invited children aged 16 or younger who live or attend school in the city to submit a poem on the theme of peace and/or justice and/or reconciliation. This was the first time that the Coventry Children's …

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Young People Needed for National Youth Counter Terrorism Advisory Group (YTAG),

Rodney Kenny writes: I am looking for inspirational, enthusiastic, motivated and passionate young people (18 to 25) who can form a National Youth Counter Terrorism Advisory Group (YTAG), to advise National Counter Terrorism Police Headquarters  (CTPHQ) about strategy, policy and operational delivery of Counter Terrorism Policing from a young person perspective. We want to begin an ongoing dialogue that will help improve …

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1000 km walk to safety

What happens when people are forced to abandon their land, homes, jobs and schools due to a civil war? Conflict, hunger and disease forced nearly 700,000 people to flee South Sudan to become refugees in neighbouring countries in 2017. More than 70 percent of those fled in the first half of 2017, when multiple military offensives occurred in Upper Nile, …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry


Can the UN Deliver and Build a Peaceful World?

Warwick United Nations Association are delighted to have Heidi Meyer Master of Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick to come and address our Association on 12 January 2019. She will talk on the subject Can the UN Deliver and Build a Peaceful World? Heidi will base her answers on her personal experience of many years in war zones and post conflict …

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Schools Peace & Justice Forum 16 Jan 2019

Coventry Schools Peace & Justice Forum will meet at 17:00 on Wednesday 16 January in Committee Room 1 of Coventry Council House. All are welcome to attend

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Coventry Schools War, Peace and Reconciliation Conference

The United Nations Association Coventry Branch invites sixth formers to its War, Peace and Reconciliation conference 10am-3pm on Tuesday 19 March at University of Warwick. In a series of workshops they will explore how the United Nations is involved in War, Peace and Reconciliation. Does the UN succeed or fail to prevent wars and restore peace? What does it do …

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For their generous support, the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation expresses our thanks to the Lord Mayor's Office and Coventry City Council. We also thank Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University and Warwick University for their support and assistance.