22nd Oct, 2021

Archbishop of Canterbury and former Canadian PM to head up Coventry's Global Peace Forum

‘LEADERSHIP’ will be the subject of speeches being given by former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the sixth RISING Global Peace Forum in Coventry.

Campbell was the first, and to date only, female Prime Minister of Canada and since leaving office she has championed the role of women in leadership by serving as chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and as President of the International Women’s Forum.

Welby is the worldwide leader of the Anglican Communion. Speaking at the event at Coventry Cathedral will be a return to his local roots having been co-director of the international ministry at the International Centre for Reconciliation after starting as a curate in nearby Nuneaton.

Campbell and Welby will be two of the keynote speakers at the event from November 10 to 12 in Coventry — the UK’s only International City of Peace and Reconciliation.

Over the three days there will be a series of live lectures and discussions in the city’s cathedral.

They will be joined by Lord Peter Hain, who helped to negotiate the Northern Irish power-sharing deal between Sinn Féin and the DUP while Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in Tony Blair’s Labour Government, and Lord Peter Ricketts, retired senior British diplomat and the UK government’s first national security adviser from 2010 from 2012.

Rising – led by Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations in partnership with Coventry Cathedral and Coventry City Council – brings together global leading politicians, policymakers, academics and community organisers. They will be discussing new ways to make and sustain peace, both in local communities and on an international level.

The theme for this year is Leadership for Peace, with a full line-up of speakers from around the world to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The annual Lord Mayor’s Peace Lecture will be given this year by Neville Staple, of 2Tone band The Specials, and his wife Sugary, a writer, producer and performer in her own right.

RISING, launched in Coventry in 2015, and has gained widespread international recognition, inspiring similar events in Colombia, the USA, Mexico, Westminster and Northern Ireland.

Admission to RISING is free but people need to register beforehand to attend – visit rising.org for more.

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