The Rotary Club of Londonderry Global Peace Forum 2013
In May 2013, The Rotary Club of Londonderry will host an Global Peace Forum, endorsed by Rotary International, as part of its year of Peace through Service. The aim of the Conference is to contribute to Reconciliation, Learning and Full Self Expression for those committed to Peace throughout the world.
Sessions on the Northern Irish peace process will offer delegates a unique opportunity to witness peacebuilding as it unfolds, with participation from many of those who have made, and continue to make peace in Northern Ireland a reality.
Speakers confirmed include Rotary International world president Sakuji Tanaka, Roelf Mayer (Chief Negotiator for the South African National Party), Juan Jose Ibarretxe (former Basque President); ChouChou Namagabe (Gender Activist in Congo) and John Cullinane (US Entrepreneur involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process). These speakers will be joined by political, business and community leaders from Ireland, North and South.
The event will attract between 1,000 and 2,000 Rotarians, their friends and other visitors from across the world to Derry/Londonderry in the City’s 2013 UK City of Culture year, a year which also celebrates the 400th anniversary of the granting of the city’s charter and the name Londonderry, the 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Londonderry and the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
The theme of the Conference is Peace through Building Bridges – Journeys from Conflict to Democracy. The Conference Programme will include contributions from Rotary International World President Sakuji Tanaka, from local and International Leaders emerging from conflict and from those looking back from a stable and secure democracy.
2013 is a landmark year for the Derry~Londonderry, the Rotary Club of Londonderry, Peace studies at the local University and the Northern Irish peace process. It is: