Launch of Cities in Transition conference programme

Launch of Cities in Transition conference programme
By Forum for Cities in Transition
22 May 2011

The Derry-Londonderry Forum for Cities in Transition has launched its second annual conference to be held in Derry-Londonderry. The conference which starts on Monday 23rd May and finishes on Thursday 26th May 2011 will be hosted in the Guildhall.

The Forum for Cities in Transition brings together citizens from cities divided by conflict, with the aim of encouraging mutual learning, dialogue and the resolution of conflict through non-violent methods. It works on the principle that people from other societies in conflict are in the best position to help people in other societies in transition.

This conference is bringing together international delegates from 12 cities that have been divided by conflict, to share information, discuss models of best practice, look at ways to improve community relations and identify programmes and projects that cities can work on when they return home.

Speaking at a reception hosted by the Mayor, Angela Askin, Chairperson of the Derry-Londonderry Forum for Cities in Transition said.

“It is a pleasure to welcome our international friends and delegates to our city for the 2nd annual Forum for Cities in Transition conference.

“Northern Ireland is in many ways more advanced in our peace process than many of the countries our delegates have come from. We have developed a conference programme to showcase the achievements of our city and illustrate how we have brought our two communities together.”

The themes are:

  • Northern Ireland Peace Process
  • Economic Development and Regeneration
  • Women in Transitional Societies
  • Culture, Art and Conflict
  • Transition from Segregated to Integrated Society
  • Conflict and Mental Health

Angela Askin continued, “We have designed the programme to include a mixture of panel discussions with experts and practitioners, workshops for delegates to discuss what they have seen and heard, and site visits to local communities across the City, so that delegates can learn firsthand from those working in our communities.

“We want delegates to learn from our experiences and take away practical examples of programmes and projects to help their efforts in peace building in their own cities.”

ENDS

Notes to the editor:

Delegates from each city include Mayors, Councillors, Municipal Officers, Business Representatives and Representatives from the community and voluntary sector.

Approximately 70 delegates from across the world will attend the conference.

Names of the participating Cities: Beirut, Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kaduna, Kirkuk, Mitrovica, Mitte, Mostar, Nicosia and Ramallah

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