Derry~Londonderry was the ﬁrst member city of theForum for Cities in Transition (FCT) to have its citycouncil ofﬁcially endorse its membership.Derry~Londonderry was the ﬁrst city to volunteerto hold the 2010 conference, following the foundingconference at the University of MassachusettsBoston in April 2009, but gave way to Mitrovica.Derry~Londonderry’s commitment at the 2010conference to have the Police Service of NorthernIreland (PSNI) host a ten person delegation ofKosovo police ofﬁcers – ﬁve Kosovars and ﬁveSerbian – was the most far reaching in scope andindicative of the city’s willingness to assume aleadership role - a city on a higher step on the ladderof transition helping a city on the lower rung.This booklet is also a ﬁrst. It encapsulates anunderstanding of the conceptual underpinnings ofthe FCT and how it works in practice.Most importantly, it articulates the core meaningof the FCT, that it is not about annual conferencesin one city after another, but a vehicle for action.It lucidly describes how implementation of thecommitments every member city is required to makeat the ﬁnal plenary of each year’s conference is whatgives the FCT its special niche in the ﬁeld of postconﬂict healing and reconciliation.Each city has to give an accounting of how it hasimplemented the commitments it made the previousyear. Accordingly, each conference is linked tothe next, and the commitments of member citiesbecoming instruments of implementation deﬁne theFCT’s ongoing purpose.For without outcomes being implemented, theFCT is stillborn. Without member cities steppingforward and making commitments that are actuallytranslated into action - oriented outcomes, the FCTwill cease to exist.
Prof. Padraig O’Malley