International Alert is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of its Talking Peace Festival 2015, with a special Peace Talks panel discussion on:
Peace in our cities
on Tuesday 8 September 2015 from 19.00 at House of VANS (Arches 228 - 232 Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW)
Cities are beacons of culture, innovation and economic development. But they can also be sites of poverty, inequality and social conflict.
As the world is becoming more urbanised, new challenges to peace are emerging, from gangs to extremism. What are some of the common issues faced by London and cities in other countries, from Latin America to Asia and the Middle East? And how can we make our cities safer places to live?
- Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS). Antonio focuses on crime and terrorism in areas of weak governance and mega cities, including – but not limited to – Latin America.
- John Vidal, Environment editor, The Guardian. Author of 'Murder capitals of the world: how runaway urban growth fuels violence' and 'Why fragile cities hold the key to stability and development'
- Junior Smart, Former gang member and founder of London’s largest gang exit programme, SOS Project
- Rebecca Crozier, Head of Development, Emerging Programmes, International Alert
- James O'Brien (Chair), LBC radio presenter.
The discussion will be followed by food and music. A detailed programme will follow soon.
Please RSVP on Eventbrite below. Admission is free but we suggest a £5 donation.
The event will launch Talking Peace Festival 2015, a month-long series of events designed to spark conversations about peace through creativity. It will feature art, food, music, comedy, technology and talks. Find out more: www.talkingpeacefestival.org