Dear Reader,

The Lord Mayor’s Committee are pleased to be launching their  new Peace Award scheme for schools in February.

More information about this below, plus other peace and reconciliation related news and events in Coventry and the wider world.

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 http://coventrycityofpeace.uk and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

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Trump "Peace Plan" Rewards Israel's Illegal Settlement

Donald Trump announced his peace plan for the Israel-Palestine conflict on 28 January by accepting Israel's right to settle large areas of Palestinian territory acquired through war, in flagrant disregard of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and numerous resolutions by the United Nations Security Council, the General Assembly, the International Court of Justice and numerous other bodies declaring …

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Global Peace Index 2019

The Global Peace Index is produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace. It uses using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators to rank 163 independent states and territories (covering 99.7 percent of the world's population) according to their level of peacefulness. It measures the state of peace using three thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent …

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Lord Mayor's Committee Chair's Report 2019

Delivered at Annual General Meeting 8 January 2020. Japanese Day Celebration and Commemoration Thanks to the enthusiasm of David Fish, a very successful Japanese Day was held in Coventry Cathedral on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The day included an exhibition of Japanese embroidery and lessons in Taiko drumming for children. The Lord Mayor held a reception for …

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Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card is the UK's leading anti-racism educational charity They provide educational workshops, training sessions, multimedia packages, and a whole host of other resources, all with the purpose of tackling racism in society. Established in January 1996, the organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to publicise its message. Across Britain, Show Racism the …

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Positive Peace Index 2019

The Positive Peace Index 2019 and the accompanying Positive Peace Report are published by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP believes that peace is much more than the absence of violence. Positive Peace describes the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin and sustain peaceful societies, and what effect positive peace has in establishing environments that maximize human potential. …

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Coventry Peace Award

Coventry Peace Award

Following the analysis of the comments made by delegates during the very successful Young People's Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, the Lord Mayor's Committee has decided to organise a new Peace Award scheme. Initially it will be offered to schools during 2020. The aims of the award will be to: Offer a free scheme to encourage and support schools to …

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Coventry Society

The Coventry Society is a membership organisation open to anyone who supports their objectives: To promote the environmental, social, economic and cultural improvement of Coventry for the benefit of people living and working here. To promote high standards of planning, urban design and architecture in or affecting Coventry. To preserve, and to promote understanding and appreciation of, the built, landscape and environmental …

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UN75 - An online conversation about the future

What kind of world do you want to see in 2045? That is the question that the United Nations wants you to answer. It has therefore launched UN75, a global conversation to address the question of what the people of the world want to achieve by the UN centenary in 2045. The UN was founded in 1945 primarily to "to …

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Fully funded PhD studentships at Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Coventry University's Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations (CTPSR) is offering four fully funded PhD studentships. The research topic must fit within one of the Centre's research themes: Communities, Politics and Identity; Faith and Peaceful Relations; Global Inequalities and Development; Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation; Security, Vulnerability and Resilience; Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. Apply before 14 February 2020. More …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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Party for Palestine

On 8 February, Justice for Palestinians-Leamington Spa will organise a fundraising event in support of Medical Aid for Palestinians in St Peters Presbytery Conference Centre, 3A Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AA Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. They provide immediate medical aid to those in great need, …

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Launch Coventry Peace Awards

On Tuesday 11 February the Lord Mayor and Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation will launch the Coventry Peace Awards in the Lord Mayor's Suite of Coventry Council House. We invite teachers from Coventry Schools to attend to find out more about the Award and what they would need to do to receive free accreditation. Please book your …

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International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

United Nations General Assembly has designated 7 April as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, recalling that Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed. This date marks the start of the 1994 genocide. Every year, on or around that date, the United Nations organizes commemorative events at its Headquarters in …

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International Day of Living Together in Peace

The UN General Assembly recognised 16 May as the International Day of Living Together in Peace in 2017. The adoption of this day was the result of efforts by International Alawiyya Sufi Association (AISA International). Background to their work can be found here. Their mission is “to create a worldwide movement in favor of an awareness that a fraternal bond …

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International Day of UN Peacekeepers

The General Assembly of the United Nations has designated 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. This is the date when in 1948 the first UN peacekeeping mission named the "United Nations Truce Supervision Organization", or UNTSO, began operations in Palestine. On this day, we pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men …

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Refugee Week 2020

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to …

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Jai Jagat Global Peace March 2020

Jai Jagat is a campaign to promote Gandhi's message of non-violence. Its name means "the victory of the World" in Hindi. Their main aims are Eradicating Poverty Eliminating Social Exclusion Ameliorating the Climate Crisis Halting Conflict and Violence In 2020 they will be organising a "Global Peace March 2020" whose aim includes raising awareness of climate justice. Some people will …

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International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access …

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Ruined and Rebuilt

This classic book is on sale now in hardback or paperback and would make an ideal and unique gift. On the night of 14 November 1940, Reverend Richard Howard, Provost of Coventry Cathedral, was one of four firefighters who climbed onto the roof to smother with sand the incendiary bombs that were landing not just on the Cathedral but starting …

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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.