The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev Stephen Forde, representing the Bishop of Connor, along with the Most Rev Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, spoke at a reception on the eve of the Global Conflict | Human Impact Conference.
They were guests at a reception and dinner in the Titanic Centre on Wednesday August 22. The Conference, which runs over two days, is hosted by Queen’s University and the University of Chicago. Bishop Treanor and Dean Forde were also invited to say Grace at the dinner.
The conference takes place on August 23 and 24, and is coordinated through The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago and the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University.
Global Conflict | The Human Impact will address the human cost of violent conflict and identify emerging strategies for conflict resolution. Coming two decades after the Good Friday Agreement, and timed to coincide with the Papal visit to Ireland, this conference offers a distinctive opportunity to assess the lessons learned from the peace agreement, as well as the daunting challenges and human toll of the world’s current refugee crisis; the largest population of displaced people since World War II.
The academic agenda for the conference has been developed by The Pearson Institute and the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, incorporating the academic strength and excellence of two leading institutions while drawing upon the experiences of international leaders such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, former US Senator George J. Mitchell, former US Assistant Secretary of State Anne C. Richard and Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide.
“Global Conflict | The Human Impact will bring together new insights and empirical findings to better understand the sources of violent conflicts and to explore new approaches to resolve them,” said Daniel Diermeier, provost of the University of Chicago. “We look forward to working with Queen’s University Belfast to convene scholars, leaders and practitioners in a city that has many lessons to teach about conflict and peacemaking.”
Professor Richard English, distinguished professorial fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, said: “Queen’s University Belfast is delighted to be working with the University of Chicago, and with such a diverse and influential set of experts, to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges in this compelling conference in Belfast.”
Gathering at Queen’s University, leading voices from around the world will engage in robust debate and discuss strategies that focus on reducing the prevalence of violent conflict and its tragic impact on people, especially families. Key content areas include:
These panels will highlight evidenced-based research on various conflicts as well as first-person narrative accounts. Sessions will also explore conflicts and humanitarian issues through the eyes of global leaders who are working on-the-ground to address these challenges.
Click here for a list of confirmed participants for Global Conflict | The Human Impact Conference.
Limited seating is available to the public. For more information regarding Global Conflict | The Human Impact or if interested in attending the conference, please visit www.globalconflict2018.org.