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Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Former First Minister Lord David Trimble to Join Global Conflict | The Human Impact Conference

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Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Former First Minister Lord David Trimble to Join Global Conflict | The Human Impact Conference

On the 20th anniversary year of the Good Friday Agreement, The University of Chicago and Queen's University Belfast bring together international leaders to discuss experiences of violent conflict and strategies for peace building

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CHICAGO and BELFAST, Northern Ireland, July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Chicago and Queen's University Belfast today announced Bertie Ahern, Former Taoiseach, Republic of Ireland and Lord David Trimble, PC, Former First Minister, Northern Ireland will join as conference panelists at Global Conflict | The Human Impact in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24. Global Conflict | The Human Impact – convened by The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago and the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast – aims to promote the ongoing discussion, understanding and resolution of global conflicts, while contributing to the advancement of a global society more at peace.

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As two leading voices in Northern Ireland's peace building, Mr. Ahern and Lord Trimble will offer Global Conflict | The Human Impact firsthand accounts and distinctive perspectives of the Good Friday Agreement and the lessons learned in the two decades since. In Mr. Ahern's first term as Taoiseach, he played a vital role in successfully negotiating the peace agreement and establishing a framework for power-sharing in Northern Ireland after 30 years of violence. These negotiations, however, wouldn't have been possible without the involvement of Lord Trimble, who soon after his election as head of the Ulster Unionist Party, agreed to take part in the "all-party" peace talks and demonstrated willingness to work towards lasting peace.

In addition to Mr. Ahern and Lord Trimble, it was announced that the two-day conference will include the presentation of two special video messages.  The first video message will be given by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who has served in that position since January 2017. A second video message will be delivered by Hazim Avdal, an Iraqi refugee whose undergraduate education at the University of Chicago is being sponsored by the Clooney Foundation for Justice, helmed by George and Amal Clooney. Mr. Avdal's story was featured earlier this year on David Letterman's popular Netflix series, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction." The Most Reverend Noel Treanor, Bishop, Down and Connor, Ireland will also join as a speaker. Mr. Ahern, Mr. Trimble and Bishop Treanor join other international leaders such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, former US Senator George J. Mitchell, former US Assistant Secretary of State Anne C. Richard and CEO of Concern Worldwide Dominic MacSorley, all of whom were first announced in June 2018. 

The conference agenda incorporates the academic strength and excellence of two leading institutions while bringing together scholars, leaders and practitioners to address the human cost of violent conflict by identifying important lessons for conflict resolution through academic research and experience. Confirmed participants for Global Conflict | The Human Impact include:

For more information regarding Global Conflict | The Human Impact or if interested in attending the conference, please visit www.globalconflict2018.org.  Limited seating is available to the public.

For more information about The University of Chicago and The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts please visit: thepearsoninstitute.org. Additional information regarding Queen's University Belfast and the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice can be found here: https://www.qub.ac.uk/

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About The University of Chicago & The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts:

The University of Chicago is a leading academic and research institution that has driven new ways of thinking since its founding in 1890. As an intellectual destination, the University draws scholars and students from around the world to its home in Hyde Park and campuses around the globe. The University provides a distinctive educational experience, empowering individuals to challenge conventional thinking and pursue research that produces new understanding and breakthroughs with global impact. Home to more than 90 Nobel laureates, the University of Chicago is dedicated to an environment of fearless inquiry and academic rigor.

In 2015, the University announced the creation of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the first of its kind research institute dedicated to applying rigorous, evidence-based inquiry to the issues of peace and conflict. Established through a grant from The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Foundation, and led by Institute Director James Robinson, co-author of Why Nations Fail, the Institute seeks to understand the complex causes and consequences of conflict by mobilizing the best minds and the most innovative tools and technology to drive new breakthroughs and understanding that informs policy and leads to a world more at peace.

About Queen's University Belfast & the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice:

Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research. The university is in the top 200 universities in the world and is a UK top ten research-intensive university.

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice strives to create dialogue within which all voices can be heard and to underpin the pursuit of peace through world class research. The Institute connects the perspectives of all those who seek to contribute to conflict transformation and social justice – from the insights of world leading researchers to the experience of practitioners, policy makers, politicians and activists.

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