It seems very timely that the first RISING Global Peace Forum took place in Coventry this month. The three-day forum saw global leaders, practitioners and thought leaders come together to push forward new ways of thinking about peace and conflict in our turbulent world.
Four Colman Getty worked closely with the RISING partnership of Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry Cathedral to publicise the event. National and international coverage highlights from the successful three month PR campaign included features in The Times, CNN and Reuters.
Fittingly, RISING was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz during which Provost Dick Howard famously called for forgiveness and hope in place of revenge, cementing the city’s ongoing position as an international centre for peace.
Key moments from the event itself included a speech by Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn MP on peacekeeping and intervention, described by The Guardian as a ‘serious and heavyweight speech’, and an inspiring 17-year old Coventry schoolgirl, Rozin Hanjool Khalil, whose Change.org petition asking the UK government to help the Yazidi women of Iraq has received over 220,000 signatures.