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Peacemakers to converge for major conference on global conflict resolution

Press release28 August 2018

Concern Worldwide will host an international conference in Dublin next week marking its 50th anniversary.

The international aid agency’s conference will bring together key policymakers and humanitarian practitioners to identify concrete actions that are urgently needed to address conflict, hunger and human suffering.

Unacceptable level of human suffering

Concern’s Chief Executive, Dominic MacSorley, said: “Conflict is the most pervasive and aggressive driver of humanitarian crises around the world. It is the primary cause of widespread death and destruction, displacement and hunger.

“Tackling conflict and its consequences is critical if we are to attempt to reduce the unacceptable level of human suffering in the world today and come close to achieving the ambition of Agenda 2030, a world free of poverty, hunger and injustice. It will require a global response, a resurgence of humanity, that, to date, has been found shamefully wanting.”

Speakers at the event, which takes place at Dublin Castle on Friday, September 7, will include UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, President Bill Clinton and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. (Full list of speakers found in Notes to Editor below or by clicking this link

President Higgins will give an opening address to the conference, which is expected to attract more than 350 people.  

UN Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed will give a keynote speech about global conflict, hunger and displacement and about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which were agreed by 193 countries in September 2015.


Drawing on his key involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process, President Clinton will give a speech about peacebuilding.

The conference will also highlight the experience of people surviving and rebuilding their lives in the midst of some of the world’s most deadly conflicts.


For more information, please contact Kevin Jenkinson at


Concern Worldwide’s 50th Anniversary Conference, ‘Resurgence of Humanity: Breaking the Cycle of Conflict, Hunger and Human Suffering,’ takes place from 9am to 6pm on Friday, September 7 at Dublin Castle. Registration for invitees and accredited journalists begins at 8.15am.

More details about the conference and its speakers can be found on this website:

The speakers are:

President Michael D. Higgins

Uachtarán Na hÉireann – President of Ireland

Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

President Bill Clinton

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States of America

Mary Robinson

President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and Former President of Ireland

Jan Egeland

Secretary General Norwegian Refugee Council; Special Advisor to UN on Syria

Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed

Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations

Leymah Roberta Gbowee

Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Ameerah Haq

Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support

Dominic MacSorley

Chief Executive Officer, Concern Worldwide

Aline Joyce Berabose

Concern’s Youth Ambassador

Ruairi de Burca

Director General of Irish Aid

Dr. Caitriona Dowd

Humanitarian Policy Officer, Concern Worldwide

Alex de Waal

Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation

Patrick Colgan

Special Representative of the Irish Government to the Colombian Ministry for Post Conflict

Dr. Rim Turkmani

Senior Research Fellow at the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science

Nora Owen

Chair of the Oversight Group of Ireland’s second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Sarhang Hamasaeed

Director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace

Connell Foley

Director of Strategy Advocacy and Learning, Concern Worldwide

Mary Snapp

Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies

Abraham Bongassie Wanta

Concern Worldwide Country Director in the Republic of the Sudan

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Resurge2018: Breaking the cycle of conflict, hunger and human suffering – a conference marking 50 years of Concern Worldwide’s foundation, held in Dublin on 7 September 2018.
Resurge2018: Breaking the cycle of conflict, hunger and human suffering – a conference marking 50 years of Concern Worldwide’s foundation, held in Dublin on 7 September 2018.
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