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Coventry paving the way for a peaceful world


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Led by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, the RISING Global Peace Forum is a unique partnership with Coventry City Council and Coventry Cathedral.


Launched in 2015, the peace forum brings together a collection of peacebuilders, policymakers, and academics from across the globe together under one roof to discuss and exchange innovative strategies to resolve violent conflicts and facilitate peaceful communities.


Hosted over three days from 10-12 November, this year’s forum aims to explore ‘Leadership for Peace’. Keynote speakers include former Canadian Prime Minister, Kim Campbell, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Lord Peter Ricketts, Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and many more.


According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the end of 2020, there were 132,349 refugees, 77,245 pending asylum cases and 4,662 stateless persons in the UK.


Highlighting the significance of the event, Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, said: “Now more than ever, innovative and thought-provoking forums such as RISING are critical in allowing the brightest, most eclectic and knowledgeable minds to come together under one roof, to engage and share a wealth of knowledge and expertise so that collectively we can make a meaningful difference to those who need our help the most.”


The Mi-Friendly Cities project – a three-year initiative designed to highlight the significance of such programmes by helping to create opportunities for migrants, build cohesion and bring communities together across Coventry, Birmingham, and Wolverhampton – sought to bridge this gap.


The MyCoventry project works with statutory and voluntary partner organisations across the city to address local, social, and economic barriers that impede full integration for new arrivals, ensuring that tailored, one-to-one support is given to an individual based on their needs and skills.


Richard Dickson, Development Manager of the RISING forum, added: “What RISING allows us to do, is to facilitate these difficult conversations and use the minds of brilliant individuals and organisations to draw the blueprint that will shape future policies and create a more peaceful and meaningful future.


“Our aim through RISING is to prompt inspiring dialogue and share best practices throughout the world so that the world we live in becomes safer, more cohesive and ultimately, more peaceful”.

Written by: David Watkins

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