The Story so far

The first RISING Global Peace Forum took place in late 2015 with the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Speakers at subsequent Global Peace Forum events have included Lieutenant-General (ret) Roméo Dallaire, who led the UN mission in Rwanda in 1994, Laura Liswood, Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders, John Bruton, Irish Taoiseach just before the Good Friday Agreement was signed, and Ad Melkert who was the UN Special Representative for Iraq 2009-2011.

In 2017 and 2018 RISING held symposia events exploring specific issues relating to peace in Baltimore, Belfast and Bogota. Symposia were also held in London to discuss the role of women ulama in building peace in India and Indonesia and how young people in UK cities can build a positive society.

In 2018 RISING increased significantly its activity on various digital media platforms (mainly Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) to promote inspiring and challenging dialogue about peace. As a result the global audience with whom we’re speaking on a daily basis increased by 40%, reaching more than 25,000 people every month.

At the 2018 RISING Global Peace Forum we welcomed two Nobel Peace Prize winners, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia and Tawakkol Karman from Yemen. 30 leading academics and frontline peace practitioners also shared with 200+ delegates in a series of participative workshops about how peace is being built and sustained at community level in places as far afield as Armenia, Baltimore, Colombia, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Papua New Guinea and Syria. The 2018 event also took the risk of hosting Alastair Campbell, the UK Labour Party’s former Director of Communications, to talk about building peace in Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq and his experience of living with mental health issues in his journey to find personal peace.

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