Mike Hardy, Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, and Chair of RISING.
The RISING Global Peace Forum, now in its third year, brings peacebuilders, policymakers and academics from around the world to Coventry, the UK’s only City of Peace and Reconciliation, to discuss and promote new ways to make and sustain peace.
This year’s event, RISING 2018: The Anatomy of Peace, will be held at Coventry Cathedral on Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13.
It will focus on the complex process of initiating contact, making a deal and sustaining peace, and will feature two Nobel Peace Prize Winners and two former Heads of State as speakers.
Local businesses are invited to attend a gala dinner on September 12 when Alastair Campbell, former Downing Street Director of Communications and Strategy, will speak about his experiences of politics, business, football and mental health.
Richard Dickson, RISING Development Manager, said: “The idea for RISING came from a Coventry and Warwickshire Champions event and it is now established as an internationally-recognised peace forum.
“Led by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, RISING was launched in 2015 as a partnership with Coventry Cathedral and Coventry City Council.
“Since then, it has been bringing political leaders, academics and experts together from around the world to discuss and promote ways of making and sustaining peace, and it is this peace which goes on to be the basis of successful trade and business.
“Coventry is a city with a long history of looking outwards and doing business innovatively with people around the world, and for many centuries has been prepared to have peaceful dialogue and trade with people from other cultures.
“The local business community was instrumental in getting RISING off the ground and so we are keen to welcome representatives to the gala dinner to show their support for RISING and to continue to be very much part of the event.”
Tickets for the gala dinner are available for Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce members at the discounted price of £80 per person, or £600 for a table of eight.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the city-based Deeley Group, has supported RISING since its inception.
He said: “This is an idea which was spawned from a meeting of business people and Coventry University, Coventry City Council and Coventry Cathedral have developed an event which is growing in status and attracting global speakers.
“RISING and the gala dinner is a rare and valuable opportunity to learn how successful interventions have been made in some of the longstanding and troubling issues round the world and to see how those are being promoted and supported by Coventry.
“It is interesting too to hear how the approaches and techniques which foster peace among peoples in other lands have their place in promoting the understanding of difference closer to home.
“It can only be good for the reputation of the city regionally, nationally and internationally and Coventry having a positive image can only be good for business as a whole.”
Businesses with interests in the Middle East may also wish to attend RISING Reflection, a free event focusing on peace between Israel and Palestine on Friday, September 21, to coincide with International Peace Day.