Dear Reader,

In this issue you can find recent peace-related news and forthcoming events in and around 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 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

Arty Folks offer art and mental health workshops and courses

Arty-Folks was founded in Coventry in 1995, in collaboration with a community artist, by a user of mental health services who felt disempowered by his diagnosis, ‘managed’ by the medical profession and written off by society. It is based on the principal that art requires the courage to let go of certainties and not being afraid to fail. We often …

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Israel labels leading Palestinian rights groups ‘terrorists’

Israel has issued a military order designating six prominent Palestinian human rights groups as “terrorist organisations”, in a move swiftly condemned by the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations and others. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Israel’s decision is an attack on human rights defenders, on freedoms of association, opinion and expression and on the right to …

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UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign), managed by UN Women, is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls around the world. It calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector, the media, and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing …

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UNFCCC Executive Warns Climate Change Threatens Global Security and Stability

In the days before COP26, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has warned in an interview with the Observer that, if countries fail to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, global security and stability could break down, with migration crises and food shortages bringing conflict and chaos. She told the newspaper: “We’re really talking about …

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Peace & Climate Pledge Posters

Climate Change is probably the biggest threat not just to our children’s futures but also to World Peace. Each one of us can do our bit to reduce the risk by taking action to reduce our carbon footprints. Coventry Climate Action Network (CovCAN) have produced posters where people can pledge to take action. Pledge Now: what action you will take? …

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Archbishop of Canterbury to attend RISING Global Peace Conference 2021

The former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell and current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be speaking about leadership at the sixth annual RISING Global Peace conference. The three-day event, led by Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, in partnership with Coventry Cathedral and Coventry City Council and will run from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 November 2021. Kim …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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Coventry Peace Festival 2021

Coventry Peace Festival is an annual celebration of the city's place as the UK's only city of Peace and Reconciliation. It will take place during the first two weeks of November. The programme is currently being planned. If you have ideas for an event you would like to organise, please contact Zoe Walmsley, Senior Events Officer, Coventry City Council at …

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Art for Wellbeing Events Nov-Dec 2021

Arty Folks is offering a range of activities during November and December 2021. Arty Folks offer art and mental health workshops and courses for residents in Coventry & Warwickshire with mild to moderate mental health needs. See the calendar of activities here

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Coventry Multi-Faith Forum Annual Peace Pilgrimage

Coventry Multi-Faith Forum will run its Annual Peace Pilgrimage on Saturday 6 November starting at Priory Gardens at 09:30. Please join them as they stop at least 5 places of worship to demonstrate unity and understanding between people of different culture, faith and background. www.coventrymultifaithforum.co.uk   email multi-faith.forum@hotmail.co.uk  

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RISING Global Peace Forum 2021

Leadership for Peace is required to respond to the big global challenges which we face. This will be explored in RISING Global Peace Forum 10-12 November 2021. More details to follow. Meanwhile, here is a video of Sir Ciaran Devane, the new Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, talking about leadership. He …

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Guided Tours of Coventry Peace Trail during Being Human Festival 2021

This year's Being Human Festival will take place 11–20 November, with the theme 'Renewal'. On 11 and 14 November the festival will include guided tours of Coventry Peace Trail. Book your place here Being Human is the UK's national festival of the humanities. The festival aims to: demonstrate the value and relevance of humanities research to society in the UK and …

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Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2021

Neville and Christine Staple will be delivering Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2021 on 11th November 2021. The exact location and time are still to be decided. Neville was a regular fixture at the Locarno Ballroom in Coventry, where he met the resident DJ there, Pete Waterman. Waterman briefly managed the Specials and would later write the foreword to Staple's …

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Coventry Dresden Friendship Festival 2021

Coventry-Dresden Arts Exchange, Coventry Association for International Friendship have been working with others to develop a Friendship Festival during Coventry Peace Festival in November 2021. See the poster below for details.

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RISING Together: The Unheard Stories of Peace

This free online event, organised by staff at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University on the afternoon of 15th November 2021, will enable participants to broaden their understanding of the basic tools of peacebuilding and include panel discussions about the contribution of volunteers and school pupils to peace and also reflections from poets, singers and …

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021

UN Women is pleased to invite you to the upcoming official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The webinar will take place virtually on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 from 14:00 - 15:30, kicking off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The 2021 UNiTE campaign under its theme “Orange the World: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!” will highlight the …

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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.