Coventry in new relationship with UN

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Coventry University and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

This agreement paves the way for collaborative ventures between the Coventry University and the UNAOC – underlining the University’s long-standing commitment to research that has a positive impact on society, and that seeks to improve the way that we live.

Professor Mike Hardy, Director of Coventry University’s newly formed Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations said: “This agreement allows our two organisations to work alongside each other with a shared vision of resolving some of today’s greatest challenges related to intolerance, social justice, diversity, security and peace. Our research centre is addressing the issues posed by change, by migration and demographic churn and by conflict, so that we are able to develop a deeper understanding of peace, of reconciliation, and of how we can live side-by-side with difference.

“Our work is wholly aligned with the UNAOC’s central principles that today’s global issues, which often result in violence, can be solved via mediation and dialogue, that human beings share more commonalities than differences, and that diversity should be valued and utilized as a tool to share perspectives and knowledge to resolve international challenges”.

The signing is part of a wider visit to Coventry by the High Representative to mark the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

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