Conflict and mental health on the agenda for international conference

Conflict and mental health on the agenda for international conference
by Forum for Cities in Transition
26 May 2011

The final day of the second annual Forum for Cities in Transition conference will focus on the link between conflict and mental health.

The conference which has been ongoing in the Guildhall all week has brought together 12 cities emerging from conflict to the city to discuss transition from conflict to peace.

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. The Forum works on the principle that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in the same situation. The Derry-Londonderry Forum is a founding member.

Spokesperson for the local forum for Cities in Transition, Michael Doherty said

“Northern Ireland is in many ways more advanced in our peace process than many of the countries participating in the conference, which is why we have decided to focus on conflict and mental health. At last year’s conference in Kosovo, many of the participants wanted to discuss this issue, as this is something we have experienced in our own transition from conflict to peace.”

The panel brings together academics and practitioners working in the field of conflict and mental to discuss the issue. Panellist include Brandon Hamber, Maureen Hetherington, Lord John Alderdice, Marie Breen-Smyth, David Bolton and Arlene Healy.

After the panel discussion, delegates will come together in smaller groups to discuss what they have heard, and outline practical examples of how they can bring what they have learned back to their own communities and 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
  • The conference is funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, International Fund for Ireland, American Ireland Funds and Monitor, Boston.

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