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GPW2018: Promoting Peacebuilding through dialogue, transformative mediation and social justice
The sixth annual Global Peace Workshop 2018 focussed on peacebuilding, transformative mediation for social cohesion and international migration. The workshop took place between 16-20 July 2018.
For this workshop, our goals were to examine how these processes support and empower people living through conflict, by offering practical tools, shaping and influencing public opinion, or reducing isolation. We critically considered the roles played by conflict-affected people and external partners, where power lies, how change happens and what the contributions of global youth can be.
Organised by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in the UK and Mugla Sitki Kocman University in Turkey, the workshop has built an extensive network of more than 300 active, talented and connected peacebuilders from 126 countries. In 2018, approximately 70 carefully selected participants joined the programme, together with our team of inspirational keynote speakers, workshop leaders and volunteers.
The sixth annual Global Peace Workshop 2018 explored the role of peacebuilding, transformative mediation, and International migration through three parallel course groups, each examining the theme in different dimensions. These were:
1. Understanding conflict intervention: actors, approaches and outcomes
2. International migration, Forced displacement.
3. Transformative mediation for social cohesion
Participants through discussions with the GPW organisation committee chose the area they would like to work on in detail. Academics and practitioners guided participants through the key issues that emerged in each theme in a fast-paced, interactive session using role plays, case studies and in-depth discussion and dialogue opportunities that were fun and engaging. GPW 2018 participants had the opportunity to attend our popular Master Classes, brushing up on skills in areas such as first aid, facilitation and campaigning.
On the social side, our ‘cultural night’ celebrated the richness of our human family. Our generous host Mugla Sitki Kocman University provided daily short trips and events to help make the most of our guests visit to this beautiful region of Turkey, which included visiting loggerhead sea turtles at Iztuzu beach and kicking back on the final day of the workshop with a boat trip around the region’s bays and islands.
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