We’re delighted to announce that our 24th Annual Conference will be taking place on Thursday 14th September 2023 at the Hilton Belfast.
We will be looking at the grassroots efforts that preceded the Good Friday Agreement that marked its 25th Anniversary this year. Many civic society groups were doing the hard work of cooperation and building understanding, often below the radar or without great acclaim. We want to recognise the important work they did in the years leading up to the Agreement.
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09:00 Networking breakfast
10:15 Panel 1
Chair: Olwen Dawe
Ailbhe Smyth, Bronagh Hinds & Quintin Oliver
11:15 Keynote Speaker
13:30 Panel 2: Generously supported by North West Tertiary Education Cluster
Kyra Reynolds, Orla Flynn, Peter Osborne & Joel Keys
14:00 Coffee Break
14:30 Panel 3: Generously supported by Institute of Public Health
Chair: Marie Louise Connolly
Prof Deirdre Heenan, Dr Ann Nolan & Joanne Vance
15:30 Keynote Speaker
16:15 Panel 4
Sharon Haughey-Grimley, Pamela Arthurs, Joe O’Toole & Michael D’Arcy
18:00 Reception and Journal Launch
18:45 Conference Dinner and Speakers: Tim McGarry and Dr David Hume
Support the Conference
We are once again looking for sponsors who share our commitment to cooperation and improving relations to support our conference. The conference brings together over 100 policymakers, academics, civic society and business leaders; people with a wealth of experience who make an impact. There are a range of packages available here. Contact Nick for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intergenerational conference with secondary school pupils and members of Fermanagh Churches’ Forum (linked to ISE network of Inter-church Fora).
Organised by Fermanagh Churches’ Forum with support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the facilitated discussion will explore the themes of identity and belonging.
A meeting of the Community Relations Council Board during Good Relations Week.
As well as undertaking their normal business the Board of the Community Relations Council will be updated on the events and activities taking place during Good Relations Week 2022.
A special Good Relations Week networking meeting of all the Health Trusts with the Community Relations Council, Equality Commission and Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
This is an important opportunity to meet and share information, and plan activity to build awareness and action on Good Relations, Equality and Human Rights across all the Trusts.
What’s next for peacebuilding in Belfast is a key focus of this conference.
Hosted by Judith Hill, with contributions from Patrick Kielty (recorded) and a keynote address from renowned journalist Bill Neely, the conference will review the impacts of the Belfast PEACE IV Programme to date and the wider discussions with participants and partners on what is next.
In recognition of 2022’s International Day of Peace theme, it will also explore how the Programme has contributed to ‘Ending Racism, Building Peace’ through participants’ stories and include contributions on unconscious bias and diversity and inclusion.
Guest speakers including women from The Barronettes group looking at their views on our Brighter Days Ahead and discussing what kind of a future would they like or see.
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This event is in keeping with the theme ‘Brighter Days Ahead ‘and will focus on reconciliation as participants engage on the topic – “Can we build a Shared Future and what would it look like?”
There will be opportunities for inter-generational discussion as 6th form students from Enniskillen post-primary schools interact with Church Forum members after input from the keynote speaker Dr. Johnston McMaster well known Trinity College Adjunct Assistant Professor in Reconciliation.
Fermanagh Churches Forum is made up of church members and clergy from different Christian churches in the Enniskillen area who seek to find meaningful ways to engage with the issues affecting people in our local community. This event will be an opportunity to highlight the voices of young people.
This conference will explore aspects of a Shared Future and strategies for building a Shared Future with a special emphasis on hearing how young people see this. A ‘Level students of Politics, History and Religious Studies will have conversations with members of Fermanagh Churches Forum on reconciliation issues that have to be addressed as we journey towards a shared and peaceful future.
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