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Fct intro

  1. 2. <ul><li>The Forum for Cities in Transition is an international network of mayors, councillors, municipal officials, business people, and representatives of the voluntary and community sector </li></ul>Forum for Cities in Transition
  2. 3. <ul><li>The Forum works on the principle that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in the same situation </li></ul>Forum delegate during workshop session
  3. 4. <ul><li>The Forum for Cities in Transition is an initiative of the John Joseph Moakley Chair at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Secretariat is shared by the Northern Ireland Foundation and the Moakley Chair. </li></ul>Forum Director, Professor Padraig O’Malley
  4. 5. <ul><li>There are 12 member cities of the Forum: </li></ul><ul><li>Beirut </li></ul><ul><li>Belfast </li></ul><ul><li>Derry-Londonderry </li></ul><ul><li>Haifa </li></ul><ul><li>Jerusalem </li></ul><ul><li>Kaduna </li></ul><ul><li>Kirkuk </li></ul><ul><li>Mitrovica </li></ul><ul><li>Mitte </li></ul><ul><li>Mostar </li></ul><ul><li>NIcosia </li></ul><ul><li>Ramallah </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Cities with deep societal divisions find their own particular way of adapting to the exigencies of everyday life with the threat of imminent, explosive divisions hanging over them. Normalcy overlays what is essentially abnormal. </li></ul>Religious population in Derry-Londonderry
  6. 7. <ul><li>Cities in transition are in the best position to help other cities in transition. They have common problems – policing, housing, water and sewerage, road construction and maintenance, health and welfare services – as well as having to manage mechanisms to control and contain flashpoints and interfaces where violence can be too easily triggered </li></ul>Security in Mitrovica: Police car at Ibar River, with UN KFOR poster
  7. 8. <ul><li>Through the process of sharing their narratives they can learn from each other and create a dynamic that becomes a catalyst for change. Each city, in turn, will host the others and the experiences of &quot;on the ground&quot; engagements will expose participants to ways of dealing with similar -- although different -- problems, thus creating an expanding pool of knowledge and support from which all can draw. </li></ul>Mitrovica Forum members visit Haifa to exchange knowledge and experiences
  8. 9. <ul><li>At annual gatherings, participants pledge actions that they can deliver within their cities’ capacity and circumstances. These outcomes include social and economic initiatives. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>KIRKUK 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>The next annual gathering will be in Kirkuk, Iraq, hosted by representatives from its various communities – Shia, Sunni, Kurd, Turkomen and Christians </li></ul>Professor O’Malley with Kirkuk members in their city
  10. 11. Contacts: Allan Leonard (Director, Northern Ireland Foundation): [email_address] Nancy Riordan (University of Massachusetts Boston): [email_address]