RISING 16, the second annual gathering of the RISING Global Peace Forum, was held in Coventry from 15 to 16 November 2016.

The Ripple Effect

Global security is dominating the political agenda, public concerns are mounting, and nations are becoming more inward-looking. Against this background, RISING 16 brought together political, faith and community leaders; peacebuilders; diplomats; academics; the media; and members of the public in the common cause of provoking peace. See the lineup.

Inspired and supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the RISING Global Peace Forum was founded in 2015 by a partnership between Coventry University, Coventry Cathedral and Coventry City Council. As the UK’s City of Peace and Reconciliation, Coventry is uniquely placed to demonstrate both the catastrophic consequences of conflict and the transformative power of peace.

RISING 16 examined “the ripple effect” of responding to conflict, whether with action or inaction.

The event explored: 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.

RISING 16 is a space for complex stories, simply told.

During the two-day gathering, a blend 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, to learn and to explore solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. See key timings and topics.

Watch highlights from our first annual gathering, RISING 15.