OSCE Shared Future Conference 2012
Shared Future: Building and Sustaining Peace, the Northern Ireland case study.
As part of Ireland’s Chairmanship-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Tánaiste hosted a high-level conference in Dublin on 27 April 2012, entitled ‘Shared Future: Building and Sustaining Peace, the Northern Ireland case study.’ The conference presented the experience of achieving a peaceful political settlement in Northern Ireland (generally known at the Good Friday Agreement) as a case study of possible relevance to conflict resolution efforts in the OSCE area and elsewhere.
This is the first time the Irish Government has hosted an international conference of this kind on the subject of the Northern Ireland peace process. The Chairperson-in-Office, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore, hosted the event, which took place in the historic setting of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. It brought together a broad range of senior political figures with first-hand experience of the peace process to share their experience with participating States.
The conference was moderated by the former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari, who brought his unique experience of conflict resolution and mediation to bear on discussions. Former US Senator George Mitchell, who chaired the negotiations for the Good Friday Agreement, also spoke at the conference.
The opening session of the conference, which was streamed live on the day of the conference, is available to view at the following link http://www.osce.org/event/buildingpeace2012. This session examined the political process which led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 and the processes and institutions which have sustained it. The high-level speakers were Deputy Prime Minister Gilmore; First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive, Peter Robinson; Deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive, Martin McGuinness; and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Paterson. The Secretary General of the OSCE, Lamberto Zannier, also spoke during the opening session.
The ‘Shared Future’ conference provided a unique opportunity to hear from those involved in making the Good Friday Agreement work. Speakers’ remarks from throughout the conference, as well as the full programme for the event, are available below.
OSCE Shared Future Conference Speeches:
Address by OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Tánaiste and
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore
Address by First Minister of Northern Ireland, Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, MLA
Address by Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness MP, MLA
Address by Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Lamberto Zannier
Address by Minister of Justice in the Northern Ireland Executive, David Ford MLA
Address by Commissioner, An Garda Síochána, Martin Callinan
Address by Deputy Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Judith Gillespie
Address by Minister of State, Brian Hayes T.D.
Address by John McCallister MLA, Deputy Leader, Ulster Unionist Party
Address by Dolores Kelly MLA, Deputy Leader Social Democratic & Labour Party
Address by Senator George Mitchell
Presentation by Pat Colgan, Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body
Address by Ambassador Seán Ó hUiginn, former Second Secretary General, Anglo-Irish Division, Department of Foreign Affairs, and former Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
Address by Dr. Stevo Pendarovski, Universirty American College Skopje