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, John Bruton, Irish Taoiseach just before the Good Friday Agreement was signed, Ad Melkert who was the UN Special Representative for Iraq 2009-2011, and Marina Litvinenko, widow of the poisoned Alexander Litvinenko.
In the past four years the RISING Global Peace Forum has welcomed Nobel Peace Prize winners, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia and Takako Karman from Yemen, Julia Gillard, Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Kim Campbell, former Prime Ministers of Australia, Denmark and Canada respectively, Sir David King, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK government, Lord Peter Ricketts, the first UK National Security Advisor, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Sabir Zazai, CEO of the Scottish Refugee Council. At each Forum event 40+ leading academics and frontline peace practitioners share with 250+ delegates in a series of participative workshops about how peace is being built and sustained at community level in places as far afield as Afghanistan, Armenia, Baltimore, Cameroon, Colombia, Cyprus, Israel, Liberia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Nigeria, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Poland and Syria.
RISING is also very active on digital media platforms (mainly Twitter, Facebook, Youtube 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 75%, reaching more than 30,000 people every month.
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