Build Peace, the international conference which takes place at the end of October in Belfast is expected to generate over £345,000 for the local economy, according to Visit Belfast – the official tourism marketing agency for the Belfast City Region.
The conference, which took place in Bogota in Colombia in 2017 will see over 300 international and local delegates descend on the city for the 3-day summit. 900 bed nights are also expected to be taken up in local hotels during that time.
Taking place from 29-31 October, at the Ulster University Belfast campus, the conference brings together practitioners, activists, academics, policy makers, artists and technologists from across the world to share experience and ideas on using technology, arts and other innovations for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
This is the first time that the conference has been held in the UK and it will cover three key themes including creativity and reconciliation, inclusion and social cohesion and sustainability and resilience. Across the three days there will be a series of short talks, dialogues, workshops and interactive exhibitions.
This is the fifth conference in the Build Peace series which started out at MIT in Boston (2014), Cyprus (2015), Zurich (2016) before it went to Colombia in South America last year with Belfast secured as the location for the 2018 conference.
Gerry Lennon, CEO of Visit Belfast said:
“Build Peace is an exciting conference for Belfast and it is fantastic that the city has been selected to deliver the 2018 summit, out of all the cities around the world which competed to secure it. It has already been to the likes of Boston and Bogota and it is a real vote of confidence that Belfast will be added to that prestigious list.”
“With 300 delegates due to attend, it will add a real boost to the economy with over £345,000 expected to be spent and over 900 bed nights taken up in local hotels during the three day it takes place.”
Tina McKenzie, CEO of Grafton Recruitment, said:
“Bringing an international conference of this scale to Belfast will provide a significant boost to the local economy. Attracting a conference of this renown also demonstrates the transformative impact peace has had on Northern Ireland’s business community – generating investment, creating jobs and bringing greater prosperity to a larger number of people.
“Grafton Recruitment is excited to ‘Re-Imagine Prosperity’ during the Build Peace Conference, exploring how further innovations in technology and increased creative thinking can help to reshape employment and positively impact the future of work across Northern Ireland.”
Eva Grosman, CEO of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building added:
“We are thrilled that Build Peace will take place in Ulster University’s Belfast campus this October. It is now time for Northern Ireland to showcase some remarkable projects, to learn and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the globe and to explore how technology, innovation and creativity can re-shape the economic opportunities, economic organisation and economic power that impact how we live together in peace.”
“We are truly grateful for the support from Ulster University and Visit Belfast in securing this significant conference coming to Belfast this year.”
“We also have to thank key sponsors such as Grafton Recruitment who have helped make it possible to plan such an internationally renowned summit.”
The Community Relations Council has generously sponsored 10 bursaries for young people living in Northern Ireland to attend the Build Peace conference in Belfast from October 29-31.
Build Peace brings together practitioners, activists, academics, policy makers, artists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology, arts and other innovations for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Build Peace 2018 will take place at Ulster University in Belfast and is co-organised by Build Up and the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building.
The main theme for the conference will be “Re-imagining Prosperity: Alternative Economies of Peace”. This theme is an invitation to explore how technological innovation and creativity re-shape the economic opportunities, economic organisation, and economic power that impact how we live together in peace – in the Global North and the Global South alike.
The conference will be further structured around three sub-themes:
Creativity & Reconciliation
Inclusion & Social Cohesion
Sustainability & Resilience
Bursary recipients will receive a free conference pass and be invited to a preparatory workshop to network with one another and members of the Build Peace organising team and global community. Travel and accommodation are not provided.
If you wish to be considered for the bursary, kindly complete and submit the information requested below. The conference organising team will notify all applicants by September 30.
For any further information please contact Michaela Ledesma at email@example.com or visit conference website at: https://howtobuildpeace.org/
Lord Alderdice has today (Tuesday, July 10) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Literature) by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Professor, the Lord Alderdice FRCPsych, is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and was the Chairman of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords during the Liberal/Conservative Coalition Government.
As Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland he played a significant role in negotiating the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and when the Northern Ireland Assembly was elected he became the first Speaker of the new Assembly. In 2004 he retired as Speaker on being appointed by the British and Irish Governments to be one of the four members of the international Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), put in place to close down the paramilitary organizations and monitor security normalization.
On presenting Lord Alderdice to the congregation Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor , said:
“It is my very great privilege this morning to present the Lord Alderdice to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature in recognition of his services to international peace co-operation and the furtherance of intercultural dialogue. Lord Alderdice is a remarkable individual and an excellent role model. His vision, courage and personal commitment to the Irish Peace Process have been outstanding and, through his achievements, a real difference has been made to the lives of the people of Northern Ireland.”
On receiving the award at the ceremony, Lord Alderdice said:
“I’m absolutely delighted and hugely honoured to receive this honour from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. It’s a great pleasure to be here and to share the day with lots of young graduates and to see the opportunities there are for them in their lives.
I’ve had an opportunity to work on issues of conflict resolution in my own part of the world, Northern Ireland and other places as well. It’s a difficult world and we desperately need bright young people to help make a positive difference for the next generation. That’s what these young people are heading out to do now after having a tremendous foundation at the university.”
He has long been active in international liberal politics and was a Vice-President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party and then President of Liberal International (the global federation of more than 100 liberal political parties). He is now Presidente d’Honneur of Liberal International.
Previously a consultant psychiatrist at the Centre for Psychotherapy he established in Belfast, he is currently a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland (Baltimore), Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College (University of Oxford) and Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (Belfast).
Lord Alderdice has spent a life-time working on understanding and addressing religious fundamentalism, radicalization, terrorism and violent political conflict in various parts of the world. More recently he has also been working on the problems of indigenous peoples and their conflicts with the incomers. He consults, lectures and writes on these issues, and has been recognized with many honorary degrees and prizes, including the International Psychoanalytic Association Award for Extraordinarily Meritorious Service to Psychoanalysis, the World Federation of Scientists Prize for the application of Science to the Cause of Peace and Liberal International’s Prize for Freedom.
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In my life-time there has never been a greater need, across the world, for people to work for democracy and peace building.
When we started CDPB our focus was largely on Northern Ireland – what we had learned, and what we needed to do to complete the Peace Process. It has been exciting and inspirational to work with colleagues in CDPB, especially our remarkable CEO, Eva Grosman, as well as with friends and co-workers in the public, private and community sectors at home and right across the world. As you will see from even the briefest glance through the pages of this report, CDPB has been active from the Middle East to Latin America, throughout Europe, with colleagues in the United States, the United Kingdom and of course North and South of the border in Ireland.
In all these many activities we have seen much to confirm and develop both our understandings of conflict and violence, and also what we might call ‘civil paths to peace’. However, as I noted in last year’s report, we face huge challenges. How can we contribute to getting devolution in Northern Ireland back up and running? What is it possible to do to improve the atmosphere and attitudes in our divided community? Where can we find the best ideas for achieving an outcome to Brexit that takes us forward and not backward on the island of Ireland and in the United Kingdom? These are tough questions, and the answers involve everyone paying some kind of price, but with the chance of enormous community benefit.
You will see in this report an extraordinary range and level of activity. Some of our work, like Music Unite, has built on the methods and ideas that we have been using for a few years now, albeit with a number of new partners and new types of music. In other areas we have been exploring novel ways of understanding what can be done to capitalize on the extraordinary pace of technological development. There has rightly been much focus in the media on the threats from social media to personal privacy and freedom, and the proper functioning of democracy, and we are very conscious of these challenges, but we also believe that these technologies can bring new options and opportunities for democracy and peace building and we will continue to work on this in the upcoming year.
In any report of the past year I must of course draw attention to the cooperation with the British Council and others on the Peace and Beyond Conference in Belfast in April 2018 marking the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. This was a week of amazing events with real political significance and impact and we hope to work further with British Council in the next twelve months.
As we indicated last year the Board of CDPB has decided to engage more closely with some of our partners outside Ireland and especially the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at based at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford and already I look forward to being able to report next year on the new ways in which we are continuing to fulfil our commitment to democracy and peace building.
There are few things that are more challenging, or more worthwhile and necessary, and few colleagues more inspiring to work with than those in CDPB.
Why not join us and make your contribution?
John, Lord Alderdice
CDPB are delighted to host in partnership with Build Up a session on “New tech, prosperity and peace” at the annual Digital DNA conference in St. George’s Market, Belfast.
We will explore how creative industries and technological innovation in private, public and community sectors are re-shaping economic organisation, and how these can be leveraged to create more equitable and peaceful societies.
The panellists will include Michaela Ledesma, Build Up Program Director, Tim Brundle, Director of Research and Impact at Ulster University and John Peto, Director of Education, Nerve Centre. The discussion will be chaired by CDPB CEO Eva Grosman.
Over two days, Digital DNA – the most valuable & energetic, business & technology event in Ireland – will allow you to engage with 3,000 delegates from across a wide range of industries. Let over 150 of our speakers inspire you with their eclectic knowledge across our eight key themes: Marketing, Data, Security, FinTech, DevOps, Innovation, Tech for Good and Startups. More information: https://digitaldna.org.uk/
Ulster University in partnership with Build Up and the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, will host the fifth international Build Peace conference.
Taking place from 29-31 October, the conference brings together practitioners, activists, academics, policy makers, artists and technologists from across the world to share experience and ideas on using technology, arts and other innovations for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
The conference will bring together over 300 international delegates and cover three key themes including creativity and reconciliation, inclusion and social cohesion and sustainability and resilience. Across the three days there will be a series of short talks, dialogues, workshops and interactive exhibitions.
Professor Duncan Morrow, Director of Community Engagement at Ulster University said:
“Peace and conflict reconciliation is a key research area at Ulster University. We are very pleased to be a part of this conference which brings together thought leaders from across the world, to look at how we can use the creative industries to build peace and transform our societies. As Northern Ireland’s civic university our campuses are enshrined in their local communities. We are proud to produce globally significant research with local relevance. This conference is an excellent opportunity to reflect on peace and conflict innovations and with the recent celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, showcase learning from Northern Ireland.”
Michaela Ledesma, Co-founder of the Build Peace conference and Build Up Programs Director, said:
“We’re excited to celebrate the 5th year of the Build Peace conference in Belfast this October and, in particular, to explore how innovation is and can empower communities to address key economic challenges. We often hear that Build Peace is a different type of event – one that puts the focus on people who are doing the challenging, long-term work to transform their societies. We warmly thank the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, Ulster University, and Visit Belfast for their support, and look forward to a rich exchange between change-makers in Northern Ireland and our global community from 60+ countries at Build Peace 2018.”
Eva Grosman, CEO of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Build Peace will take place in Ulster University’s Belfast campus this October. Following successful events in the US, Cyprus, Switzerland and Colombia, it is now time for Northern Ireland to showcase some remarkable projects, to learn and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the globe and to explore how technology, innovation and creativity can re-shape the economic opportunities, economic organisation and economic power that impact how we live together in peace. We are truly grateful for the support from Ulster University and Visit Belfast in securing this significant conference coming to Belfast this year and look forward to developing further partnerships in public, private and community sectors.”
For further information and to book your place at the Peace Build conference please visit http://howtobuildpeace.org/registration