Work of the International Fund for Ireland showcased at Cities in Transition conference

Work of the International Fund for Ireland showcased at Cities in Transition conference
by Forum for Cities in Transition
25 May 2011

Work of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) will be showcased on the third day of the second annual conference of the Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT). Participants from twelve cities across four continents that have been divided by violence will participate in the conference, which will be held in the Guildhall this week.

The FCT 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 in conflict or emerging from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in the same situation. The Derry-Londonderry Forum is a founding member of the FCT.

Chairperson of the Derry-Londonderry Forum, Angela Askin, said:

“The International Fund for Ireland, as both a funder and as a partner in this conference has worked tirelessly over the last 25 years to bring the two communities of Northern Ireland and the border region together. We wanted the IFI to come to the conference and illustrate the practical programmes that have had a positive contribution on community relations, peace building and reconciliation throughout the border areas.

We wanted to show delegates the type of projects that have been implemented in Northern Ireland, and the positive impact they have had on peace building, giving them practical learning to bring home to their own cities.”

Throughout Wednesday, IFI staff and agents of the IFI will showcase their projects and programmes focusing on building foundations, building bridges, building integration, economic development and leaving a legacy. Throughout the day delegates will break into small workshops to discuss what they have learned from the IFI, and examine ways that they could bring back the learning to their own communities.”

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Notes to editor:

About the International Fund for Ireland:

  • The International Fund for Ireland is an independent international organisation established by the Irish and British Governments in 1986. The Fund’s main objectives are to promote economic and social advance and encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between unionists and nationalists throughout Ireland.
  • Contributors to the Fund are the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Since its inception, the Fund has committed more than £668m/€838m to a wide variety of projects in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties. Developing and funding initiatives that tackle segregation and promote integration to build a lasting peace in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties is a key priority for the Fund.

About the Forum for Cities in Transition:

  • 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.

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.”

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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