RISING Global Peace Forum was launched in 2015 with RISING 15, followed by RISING 16 in 2016, and a series of international events in 2017, including USA, Northern Ireland and Colombia.
RISING 15: ‘A Hard Road to Hope’ was the first annual global peace forum and included talks from some of the world’s most inspirational and experienced peacemakers, a film screening, networking events and evening receptions. The Hard Road to Hope recognised how hard it can be to strive for peace against the odds and honours those who do so. We have a lot to learn from the roads they have traveled and may be surprised and heartened by the reality that, at first, their journeys seemed impossible too.
RISING 16: ‘The Ripple Effect’ examined the knock on effects of violent conflict, exploring the consequences of interventions in areas such as global migration, international conflict, community cohesion and countering violent extremism; the role of women in peace and security; and the impact of conflict on children and young people. During the two-day gathering, a wide range of high-profile speakers, panel discussions and cultural activities – as part of Coventry’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 – allowed participants to interact, learn and to explore solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
RISING Bogota: The Anatomy of Peace
RISING Stormont: ‘Journeys of Dialogue and Reconciliation’ was designed as a one-day dialogue to exchange peacebuilding strategies between cities, focusing on the on-going divisions, tensions and peace process in Northern Ireland, and to raise awareness of the rise in hate crimes nationally post-Brexit, which echo the tensions felt during the Northern Ireland Conflict.
RISING Baltimore: ‘Managing Tensions in Communities’ was the first RISING event hosted in the USA and was designed to share community engagement strategies across professions, universities, and borders, focusing on the challenges currently facing Baltimore.