Fourth Annual FCT Conference: Kaduna, Nigeria November 4th-8th 2013 The 4th annual conference of the Forum for Cities in Transition was held in Kaduna, Nigeria on the 4th-8th of November 2013, hosted by the by the Kaduna State Government, under the stewardship of H.E. Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero.
Thirteen non-African cities participated: Baghdad, Belfast, Derry~Londonderry, Haifa, Jerusalem, Kirkuk, Mitrovica, Mitte, Mostar, Ramallah, Sarajevo, Srebrenica and Tripoli Lebanon. Delegates included mayors, councilors, municipal officers, and representatives of the business, voluntary and community sectors. This was the first ever gathering with an international presence of this size and scope in the city’s history.
Seven Nigerian cities which experience the highest level of Muslim- Christian violence also participated: Maiduguri, Jos, Bauchi, Kano, Ibadan and Warri. One of the most significant outcomes of this year’s FCT was their pledge to launch a first ever peace hub in Kaduna that will serve to mediate tensions and build peace among the diverse communities of these northern Nigerian cities. Representatives from four African countries: Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana also attended as observers.
Belfast stepped up to host 2014 FCT – dynamic, interactive conference focusing on sharing successes, challenges and ideas