Junior Ministers Alastair Ross and Megan Fearon today addressed the Global Peace Foundation Leadership Conference at Riddell Hall in Belfast.
The Ministers outlined progress made towards a more peaceful and tolerant society through the Executive’s ‘Together Building a United Community’ (T:BUC) strategy.
Junior Minister Alastair Ross said: “We must all continue to strive for peaceful solutions to complex situations. Today’s conference provides a great opportunity to discuss, share experiences and learn about conflict resolution and peace building.
“Northern Ireland has come a long way since the dark days of our past. The Northern Ireland Executive’s T:BUC strategy sets out the roadmap to build on the significant progress to date and achieve our vision of a united and shared society.
“I hope our experience, the actions in the strategy and our many successes will help inform and influence a global audience on how to create a better and peaceful future.”
Junior Minister Megan Fearon said: “The Executive Office is committed to building a more united, shared and reconciled society and to help make this vision a reality has committed close to £20 million this year to deliver the T:BUC strategy.
“I hope our progress and successes here will help inspire other areas in conflict to learn from our experiences and find peaceful solutions.
“All conflicts are unique and resolution does not happen overnight; it is a journey. Conversations like those at the Global Peace Foundation Leadership Conference play a very important role in guiding us on that journey.”
The Global Peace Foundation Conference is held in partnership with Co-operation Ireland and the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. The theme of the four day conference is ‘Ethical Leadership Amid Global Crisis’ and it explores relevant local and global peace building models.
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