Date(s) - 12/09/2018 - 13/09/2018
Coventry Cathedral Priory Street
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RISING Global Peace Forum in 2018 will gather peacebuilding experts from around the world on 12-13 September 2018 in Coventry Cathedral to explore brave and innovative strategies for resolving violent conflict, sustaining peaceful societies and more.
The theme at this year’s RISING event is ‘The Anatomy of Peace’ and we’ve arranged a unique group of inspiring world-class speakers to come to prompt our discussions about what it takes to initiate, make and sustain peace. Given our status as the UK’s only City of Peace and Reconciliation, Coventry is an ideal place for such a gathering.
It’s free to attend!
We’ve learned from previous RISING events, in both Coventry and elsewhere, that the best dialogue about peace takes place when we bring together great speakers who’ve ‘been there and done it’ and participants with expertise and experience. For our 2018 Global Peace Forum we’ve decided to make no charge for delegates to attend all events except for the Gala Dinner.
Day One: 12 September
Confirmed speakers include:
- Her Excellency Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – former President of the Republic of Liberia and Nobel peace prize winner
- Tawakkol Karman, international human rights activist and Nobel peace prize winner from Yemen;
- John Bruton who was the Irish Taoiseach just before The Good Friday Agreement;
- James Tanis from Papua New Guinea and a key figure in the peace deal that ended the civil war;
- Ad Melkert who was the UN’s Special Representative for Iraq in 2009-11, and
- Alastair Campbell, former Downing Street Communications Director, who will speak at the Gala Dinner in Coventry Cathedral on 12th September.
Day Two: 13 September
We’ve arranged a succession of workshops involving UK-based academics and peace practitioners to share their practical knowledge and inspiration about making and building peace. Amongst other topics, we’ll be discussing
- why more attention is given to security peace than social peace;
- the possible impact of Brexit on The Good Friday Agreement and peace in Northern Ireland;
- current best practice in conflict sensitive journalism;
- the role of faith leaders in building peace, and
- the challenges facing grassroots peacebuilding initiatives in South America.
Given the range of speakers and workshops at the Forum, we want to make sure that we have the right blend of delegates involved in the discussions. And because there is no charge for taking part, we’re expecting the limited number of places that are available to be keenly sought after.
To register your interest in attending the Forum, please email RISING@Coventry.ac.uk as soon as possible. We shall respond to confirm whether you have been successful in your application no later but you are aware of colleagues for whom taking part in the Forum may be a relevant and valuable exercise, please share this invitation with them and ask them to register their interest.