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FCT Bridging the Gap

FCT Bridging the Gap

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Report of annual conference of the Forum for Cities in Transition, held in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Report of annual conference of the Forum for Cities in Transition, held in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland

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Published by: Forum for Cities in Transition on May 18, 2012
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 The story of the Derry~LondonderryForum for Cities in Transition Conference23 – 26 May 2011
Bridging the Gap
Chapter Title PageForeword 3Introduction 51 A Journey Begins 62 The 2011 Derry~Londonderry Conference 93 From Indaba to Action 134 The Journey Continues 16In Conclusion 19 Appendix 21
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

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