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There are just 25 days left before Rotary International’s World President, Japanese paper magnate Sakuji Tanaka, arrives in Derry~Londonderry to mark the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and the culmination of his year of Peace through Service.

The Rotary Club of Londonderry’s International Peace Conference, hosted in association with the University of Ulster’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), is being held in Derry from 24th – 26th May 2013. 

The event will welcome delegates from around the world including Juan Jose Ibarretxe Markuartu, the former Basque President and architect of the culture-led regeneration of the Basque Country; Roelf Meyer, the chief negotiator for the South African National Party in the talks that ended Apartheid, and ChouChou Namagambe, a gender activist working to protect women in conflict in the Congo.

The Conference - From Peacemaking to Peacebuilding ~ Journeys towards Reconciliation - provides everyone interested in a more peaceful society the opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved in the 15 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.  The event will also explore work that is being done here and in South Africa, The Basque Country and the Democratic Republic of Congo to build and embed peace.

A session on ‘Making the Peace’ will examine Northern Ireland’s journey from conflict to peace from a government perspective.

‘Building the Peace’ will be delivered by Roelf Meyer, the chief negotiator of the National Party and former Minister of Constitutional Affairs in South Africa, who will reflect on the negotiations with the African National Congress which resulted in the end of apartheid and the subsequent democratic elections in that country.

‘Working the Peace’ examines the Basque Case with Juan Jose Ibarretxe Markuartu, who was President of the Basque Country from 1999 to 2009, and who is credited with being the architect of the culture-led economic and social regeneration of the country. He led the extraordinary transformation that has resulted in the Basque Country becoming one of the leading nations in the Human Development Index.

Rotary International’s world president Sakuji Tanaka will give a keynote speech on this theme for the 2013 – Peace through Service and plant a ceremonial tree to mark Derry’s participation in the Rotary Cross Border Peace Forest Project.

Additional speakers over the weekend will include Northern Ireland’s first Police Ombudsman Nuala O’ Loan, political commentator Eamonn McCann and politicians Dawn Purvis and Gregory Campbell as well as a senior representative of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.


Local Rotary Club President Gavin Killeen says:


“The Peace Conference is open to everyone interested in building a better society here.  It will take place at the Millennium Forum from May 24th to 26th. On Friday we will host panel sessions on what peace means to local people and showcase EU funded Peace Projects, including Theatre of Witness.  On Saturday we will compare experiences of the peace processes in Northern Ireland, South Africa and the Basque Country.

“2013 is a landmark year for Derry~Londonderry, the Rotary Club of Londonderry, peace studies at the local university and for the Northern Irish peace process,” adds Gavin.

“It is the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement; the year Derry celebrates its designation as the first UK city of Culture; the 400th anniversary of the granting of the city’s charter; the 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Londonderry and the 20th anniversary of the founding of INCORE, the University of Ulster’s centre of excellence in peace studies.

“Everyone is welcome to the Conference, which provides local people and visitors with a chance to view Northern Ireland’s journey from conflict through reconciliation to peace in the context of other international peace initiatives.”


The programme for the conference can be viewed at http://www.rotaryglobalpeaceforumderry-londonderry.com where bookings can also be made.
 
 
“Everyone is welcome to the Conference, which provides local people and visitors with a chance to view Northern Ireland’s journey from conflict through reconciliation to peace in the context of other international peace initiatives.”  Rotary Club President Gavin Killeen
Press Release – 8th April 2013

There are just 45 days left before Rotary International’s World President, Japanese paper magnate Sakuji Tanaka, arrives in Derry~Londonderry to mark the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and the culmination of his Rotary year of Peace through Service.

The Londonderry Rotary Club’s International Peace Conference, hosted in association with the University of Ulster’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), is being held in Derry from 24th – 26th May 2013. 

The City of Culture event, which is supported by the Special EU Programmes Body, will welcome delegates from around the world including Juan Jose Ibarretxe Markuartu, the former Basque President and architect of the culture-led regeneration of the Basque Country; Roelf Meyer, the chief negotiator for the South African National Party in the talks that ended Apartheid, and ChouChou Namagambe, a gender activist working to protect women in conflict in the Congo.

The Conference - From Peacemaking to Peacebuilding ~ Journeys towards Reconciliation - provides everyone interested in a more peaceful society the opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved in the 15 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.  The event will also explore work that is being done here and in South Africa, The Basque Country and the Democratic Republic of Congo to build and embed peace.

A session on ‘Making the Peace’ will examine Northern Ireland’s journey from conflict to peace from a government perspective.

‘Building the Peace’ will be delivered by Roelf Meyer, the chief negotiator of the National Party and former Minister of Constitutional Affairs in South Africa, who will reflect on the negotiations with the African National Congress which resulted in the end of apartheid and democratic elections in that country.

‘Working the Peace’ examines the Basque Case, with Juan Jose Ibarretxe Markuartu who was President of the Basque Country from 1999 to 2009. He is credited with driving the extraordinary transformation which has resulted in the Basque Country becoming one of the leading nations in the Human Development Index.

Rotary International’s world president Sakuji Tanaka will give a keynote speech on his theme for 2013 – Peace through Service. He will also plant a ceremonial tree to mark Derry’s participation in the Rotary Cross Border Peace Forest Project.

Additional speakers over the weekend will include Northern Ireland’s first Police Ombudsman Nuala O’ Loan, political commentator Eamonn McCann and politicians Dawn Purvis and Gregory Campbell as well as a senior representative of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.

Local Rotary Club President Gavin Killeen says:

“The Peace Conference is open to everyone interested in building a better society here.  It will take place at the Millennium Forum from May 24th to 26th. On Friday we will host panel sessions on what peace means to local people and showcase EU funded Peace Projects.  On Saturday we will compare experiences of the peace and reconciliation processes in Northern Ireland, South Africa and the Basque Country.

“2013 is a landmark year for Derry~Londonderry, the Rotary Club of Londonderry, Peace Studies at the local University and for the Northern Irish peace process,” adds Gavin.
“It is the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement; the year Derry celebrates its designation as the first UK city of Culture; the 400th anniversary of the granting of the city’s charter; the 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Londonderry and the 20th anniversary of the founding of INCORE, the University of Ulster’s centre of excellence in peace studies.
“Everyone is welcome to the Conference, which provides local people and visitors with a chance to view Northern Ireland’s journey from conflict through reconciliation to peace in the context of other international peace initiatives.”

The programme for the conference can be viewed at http://www.rotaryglobalpeaceforumderry-londonderry.com where bookings can also be made.
Notes

Rotary International  

Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organisations.

Rotary Club of Londonderry

The Rotary Club of Londonderry is a dynamic network of friends, actively working on worthwhile community projects that make a difference, at home and abroad.   We serve our community by contributing our time, expertise and the money we have raised to make a difference in our chosen areas of:

·         Reconciliation

·         Education and Skills

·         Health

·         Youth and Children

Contacts – Gavin Killeen – 07710113183; John McMonagle – 07775593161

INCORE at the University of Ulster

Established in 1993, INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) is a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. Combining research, education and comparative analysis, INCORE addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in Northern Ireland and internationally and promotes conflict resolution management strategies. It aims to influence policymakers and practitioners involved in peace, conflict and reconciliation issues while enhancing the nature of international conflict research.

INCORE is located within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus in Derry~Londonderry ­ and co-ordinates the varied peace and conflict-related activity across the University – encompassing work in disciplines such as politics, policy studies, history, international affairs, sociology, geography, architecture, communications and social work, as well as in peace and conflict studies. 

INCORE works in partnership with a variety of institutions and organizations – locally and internationally. Partner organisations include community groups and civil society organizations in Northern Ireland, peace and conflict-oriented NGOs and think-tanks in Northern Ireland and internationally, and academic institutions around the world.

Contact: Brandon Hamber – 07595087579

 
 
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The Rotary Club of Londonderry in partnership with the University of Ulster’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), will host a Global Peace Forum from 24th – 26th May 2013.  The Forum is part of Rotary’s year of Peace through Service.   The aim of the Derry~Londonderry Forum is to contribute to Reconciliation, Learning and Full Self Expression for those involved in peacemaking and peacebuilding throughout the world.

Derry or Londonderry – one place with two names - has an intriguing story and a special place in the history of Ireland, Britain and the world. From Colmcille through the siege of Derry and the plantation of Ulster to World War II; from the Civil Rights Marches through Bloody Sunday to the emerging Peace Process and the cessation of violence – Derry is the place where these significant episodes were thought about, fought about and worked through, shaping the histories of Ireland, Britain, America and the rest of the world.

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:

  • The 15th anniversary of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement; 
  • The year that Derry will celebrate its designation as the UK’s first ever City of Culture;
  • 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 20th anniversary of the founding of INCORE, the University of Ulster’s centre of excellence in peace studies 

President of the Club, Gavin Killeen says ‘We have designed a stimulating programme, which will provide delegates with the opportunity to engage with local and international peacemakers, political, community and business leaders, in the context of the ongoing culturally-led regeneration underway in this historic city’.

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.

President Killeen adds ‘Although much has been achieved in making peace in Northern Ireland, there are still sensitive issues to deal with so we can embed the peace and build social cohesion here. This Forum provides Rotarians with a chance to observe Northern Ireland’s journey from conflict, through reconciliation to peace, in the context of other International Peace Initiatives’. 

Details on the event can be accessed via www.rotaryglobalpeaceforumderry-londonderry.com  where you can register online for the Forum and the Gala Dinner. 


 
 
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L-R Mr Gavin Killeen (President, Rotary Club of Londonderry) and Professor Brandon Hamber (Director, INCORE, University of Ulster)
The Rotary Club of Londonderry is partnering with the University of Ulster’s INCORE peace and conflict research institute to host the 2013 Rotary Global Peace Forum in Derry~Londonderry.

Registration for the major international event scheduled for May 2013 opens today – International Day of Peace 2012.

The Rotary Global Peace Forum aims to contribute to reconciliation, learning and full-self expression for those committed to peacemaking and peace building throughout the world. The event will be the culmination of Rotary International World President Sakuji Tanaka’s year of Peace Through Service, which includes three other Global Peace Forums in Berlin, Honolulu and Hiroshima.....



 
 
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International Peace Day is taking place 21st September and Rotarians are invited to help spread the message. This worldwide day of harmony is ideal for demonstrating how Rotary is an effective agent for change, for conflict resolution and for communities.

With this year's theme of Peace Through Service, International Peace Day complements the excellent work being done by Rotary in these islands and beyond.

Read more on the RIBI website here.   

 
 
We are delighted to launch our Peace Conference 2013 Website. Please share with your friends and find us on Facebook
 
 
The Rotary Club of Londonderry is a dynamic network of friends, actively working on worthwhile community projects that make a difference, at home and abroad. We make this difference by contributing our time and experience to make the most of who we are and what we have in our community. 

Since the announcement that Derry is to host the first UK City of Culture in 2013, the local Rotary Club has been working towards holding an event that would attract Rotarians and many other peace-promoting people from around the world to the City during 2013. To date a number of meetings have been held between senior Rotarians in the City, Ilex, Derry City Council and the Culture Company with a view to Rotary holding a potential event in Ebrington Square, and the local Club is delighted to announce that an International Peace Conference will take place in the City from Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May 2013. 

The Rotary year of 2012-13 marks the 90th anniversary of the Chartering of the Rotary Club of Londonderry and The Derry Club will be supported by the Rotary Clubs on the island of Ireland for such an event in 2013. However, as the theme for Rotary International during World President Sakuji Tanaka's year, 2012-13 is Peace Through Service, the Club thought it would be fitting that a Rotary International Peace Conference be held in the City. During his year, President Tanaka will hold three Rotary Global Peace Forums in Berlin, Honolulu and Hiroshima. Each will explore how the Rotary motto of Service above Self can be used to enhance Global Peace. President Tanaka is quoted as saying;- 

"In Rotary, service is much more than a sideline or an occasional pursuit. It is a way of life. It is an approach that emphasizes consideration and caring for others, and leads to harmony among people. Through embracing service in all aspects of our lives, we foster a spirit of sharing, find goodwill for others and choose peace." 

The President of the Rotary Club of Londonderry Club, Maurice Brennan commented: 

" I believe that it is fitting that a major Rotary event be held in the City in 2013 that will celebrate what has been achieved not only in Derry/Londonderry but in the whole of Northern Ireland over the past 15 years, however, we also recognise that there are still challenges ahead for all citizens" 

The local Club's proposal has received a very favourable response from Rotary International, with World President Tanaka likely to attend. This event will provide another major opportunity for Derry to be showcased to an International audience. Through the Rotary International network the Derry Club plans to invite Rotary Clubs from other parts of the World that are still locked in conflict. It is hoped that those travelling Rotarians will be able to hear at first hand the experiences and challenges faced by the people involved in delivering peace in Northern Ireland. It would also hope that the legacy from the event could be that it helped other parts of the World achieve peace. 

In order to ensure that this event is successfully promoted to an International audience, a delegation of senior Rotarians from the City will travel this weekend, at their own expense to The Rotary International 103rd Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, where they man a stand in one of the exhibition halls to not only promote the Peace Conference but also promote the City of Culture 2013. There will be an estimated 20,000+ Rotarians from around the world attending the convention. 

President Maurice continued: "We as business and professional leaders from the City wanted to do something for 2013 and the Rotary International network allows us to tap into 1.2 million Rotarians in 32,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, with whom we can communicate and tell them about the success our City has achieved over the past number of years, but more importantly, we can share with them our optimism for the future." 

"We, as a small club of friends, also appreciate the scale of this project and believe that this will be one of the largest projects ever taken on by a Rotary Club on the island of Ireland but we are also very fortunate with the ability of members we have within our club. Many are true leaders in their own field, but collectively are capable of improving the lives of many less fortunate than themselves." 

''Our Club will be well represented in Bangkok this weekend by our travelling Rotarians, Past Presidents Alan Rodden and Werner Scheel, President Elect Gavin Killeen, John McMonagle and Nigel Sproule. Many of our other members that have not been able to make the trip have already been heavily involved in the preparations for the event and will continue to be over the next year, but I know with the calibre of members we have the event will be a fantastic success" 

While at this stage the itinerary for the Peace Conference is not finalised, however, the event will include keynote speeches from local and world leaders, a series of Peace Building Workshops, where local and international peace activists will share their experiences of ongoing peace-building work and a Gala Event that will showcase the new Cultural Regeneration Space at Ebrington Square. 

The delegation of Rotarians will travel from Dublin on Saturday 5th May to Bangkok to attend the Annual Rotary Convention from 6th to 9th May, returning on 12th May 2012.  
 

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