Dear Reader,

The CovTeleCon website had a good first month in April, hosting seven eventsCoventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation created this site to enable groups, communities and organisations organise free, high-quality video conferences during the COVID-19 lockdown .

It has the capacity to host many more events, so if you want to talk to friends, neighbours or colleagues for up to 24 hours, please visit our site https://covtelecon.uk/ to find out how.

And 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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Positive Images April Update

Positive Images April Update

Our meetings have come to a standstill. However, we have been busy behind the scenes. Emilie Lauren Jones continues to hold our poetry workshops, online of course! Anyone interested in this online poetry journey is requested to contact her via email emilielaurenwriter@gmail.com Colin Scott, who facilitates Hillfields Readers Group, has just sent out a newsletter, which also contains a quiz. …

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When I Grow Up initiative launched by Rugby schoolboy

Many youth services are severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Rugby schoolboy Samren Reddy has just launched "When I Grow Up", an initiative that invites young people to share pictures and videos of their hopes and dreams for the future. "I believe that every child and young person should be able to achieve their dreams and goals," Samren explained. https://youtu.be/2HqkeTRMHr0 …

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Stalingrad Star of David

Stalingrad Star of David

Article written by Coventry Association for International Friendship (CAIF). "Stalingrad Star of David" is a project that combines an exhibition and educational events to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the restoration of Peace on Earth. It is dedicated to the Jews who brought the victory over Fascism closer, and is intended to preserve …

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The impact of COVID-19 government measures on asylum seekers

The impact of COVID-19 government measures on asylum seekers

Article by Loraine Masiya Mponela, chairperson for Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG), first published on thebareuk.home.blog, in which she reflects on the unique challenges being faced by asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in the UK. Asylum seekers are people whose request for protection is yet to be processed. International law provides that anyone has a right to seek asylum …

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London Palestine Film Festival

For the next few weeks, the London Palestine Film Festival (LPFF) invite film lovers to unite in support of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). They have joined forces with filmmakers to bring the power of their stories and warmth of their art to your quarantine screens. In return they ask you to make a donation of any size towards MAP’s …

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Building Peace, Stability and Reconciliation

This valuable report was published by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy Multi-Party Office and the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in January 2017. This report provides snapshots of the context of conflicts, peace agreements and implementation structures or institutions from case studies of Northern Ireland, Lebanon, South Africa and Philippines. It examines two key questions: How to move towards …

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CAIF and Friendship – a personal view from Dave

This article was first published by Coventry Association for International Friendship as CAIF in the Time of Coronavirus Bulletin 77 in April 2020. I wrote this for the Mosul Conference which was due to take place this month in Coventry and, as I feel it has much relevance today at this important and significant time, I would like to share …

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Inadequate Global Financial Response to COVID-19

On 26 March the leaders of the world's largest economies (G20) met in an Extraordinary Leaders Summit on COVID-19. They issued a statement which said: "The G20 is committed to do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank Group (WBG), United Nations (UN), and other international organizations, …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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UN75 TeleConversation May 2020

UN75 TeleConversation May 2020

Participate in UN75, the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. These teleconversations will be held on the first Wednesday of every month during 2020. Why #UN75? Tackling issues such as COVID-19, the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in …

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Online Celebration of International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is organised annually on 12 May by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world. In this year of COVID-19 when nurses around the world are under greater stress and in greater danger than usual, this is a good time to show them we, the public, really …

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Family Day Teleconference

The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. Activities include workshops and conferences, radio and television programmes, newspaper articles and cultural programmes highlighting relevant themes. To celebrate the day we will be running a meeting from 10am to 9pm in which families can meet up. Anyone can drop in whenever they want. No account …

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International Day of Living Together in Peace Teleconference

This event will be held as a teleconference on 16 May, the International Day of Living Together in Peace. To book your place click here. 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 …

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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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World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day

31 May is World No Tobacco Day. To help people stop smoking CovTeleCon will be running an event from 10am to 8pm at which people can drop in to share ideas about how to stop smoking and prevent young people from starting. No need to book. Click here any time between 10:00 and 20:00 on 31 May 2020 to join the …

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UN75 TeleConversation June 2020

UN75 TeleConversation June 2020

Participate in UN75, the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. These teleconversations will be held on the first Wednesday of every month during 2020. Why #UN75? Tackling issues such as COVID-19, the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in …

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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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UN75 TeleConversation August 2020

UN75 TeleConversation August 2020

Participate in UN75, the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. These teleconversations will be held on the first Wednesday of every month during 2020. Why #UN75? Tackling issues such as COVID-19, the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in …

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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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Coventry Peace Lecture 2020

Coventry Peace Lecture 2020

12 November will present a rare opportunity to hear the UK's ex Chief Scientific Adviser and Special Representative for Climate Change share his insight and wisdom. Some people claim that Covid19 is the world’s biggest threat since the end of World War II. It has galvanised governments into action because it is an immediate and obvious danger. But, within a …

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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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