Every year since the first FCT meeting in 2009, cities who have experienced degradation due to inter community conflict have come together to help one another. FCT otherwise the Forum for Cities in Transition, is a dynamic and lively network, offering practical support for those living in cities in conflict and real solutions to previously intractable problems. Our primary premise of the Forum for Cities in Transition is that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict are in the best position to help other cities in similar situations.
Under the supervision by Padraig O'Malley, our dear founder and Irish peacemaker, whose involvement in the Northern Ireland conflict and later in South Africa during apartheid was monumental in birthing the Forum for cities in Transition, we wish to make a difference.
The member cities are: Baghdad, Belfast, Craigavon, derry-londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kaduna, Kirkuk, Mitrovica, Mitte, Mostar, Niscosia, Ramallah Sarajevo Srebrenica and Tripoli.
All of different faiths, culture, societal structure, history and worldview, members of FCT are able to come together learn from one another. The FCT an annual meeting sees each city, on a rotating basis, hosts its sister cities, to share with them where it was during the phase of conflict, where it is now and what its aspirations are for furthering reconciliation among its previously warring communities during the on-going process of transition.
At this local, rather than national level, community representatives can come up with practical solutions, with the help and expertise of those who have already walked in their path, as to how to improve cross community relations and reach peace where inhabitants can prosper peacefully. Cities are able to develop policy at the FCT annual gatherings, share and train members on negotiation and peaceful communication, and foster city-to-city exchanges so that they can best ensure people have a chance to live in harmony.
To continue this work and build on the progress made by member cities, we need your help! It is urgent because in a world where polarisation has increased and divisions are more toxic and tense than ever, brining people together from all different walks of life and finding common ground, is the way we at FCT believe that innovative, inclusive and pragmatic solutions can be reached. Your contribution will bring members together and allow to take part in building a peaceful future.