November 5, 2020

CCBS and the Irish Association Joint Webinar

North-South Cooperation on the Island of Ireland: Challenges Past & Future

2pm, Thursday 3rd December 2020



This webinar will review the current and future context offers opportunities but also some threats to the development of cross-border and All Island links. This broad North-South scene will be reviewed in terms of past, present and future performance, with ideas being put forward for fruitful links over the coming period. From what was virtually a standing start in 1998, much has been achieved in North-South Cooperation in terms of a wide range of cultural, economic & social relationships and activities. Yet, much more needs to happen if the vision at that time – as well as the commitment and hard work of many since – is to have its potential impact on lives and livelihoods. 

This webinar includes:

Keynote: Professor Duncan Morrow, Director of Community Engagement, Ulster University

Panel Discussion: 

Chair: Dr Anthony Soares, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies

Ms Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive, FoodNI
Mr Ken Nelson, Chairman, InterTradeIreland & CEO, LEDCOM
Professor Mary C Murphy, Department of Government & Politics, University College Cork
Professor Feargal Cochrane, Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent

Report Launch: “Collaborating for Common Success”, Centre for Cross Border Studies

With a shared commitment to promoting reconciliation, mutual trust and respect and practical support for cross-border cooperation on the island of Ireland, the Irish Association and the Centre for Cross Border Studies welcome your participation in this online event. Enshrined in public policy since the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, North-South cooperation has helped to reshape social, economic and cultural relationships on our island. We are now faced with the unprecedented challenges of a rapidly changing political environment, driven by a range of factors including Brexit and the current pandemic. This event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which the potential for North-South cooperation has been realised since the Agreement and look towards how cooperation can be built upon in the years to come.

The CCBS report, “Collaborating for Common Success”, to be presented at the event and the result of research enabled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund, focuses on how Brexit will impact on Strand 2 of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and specifically on how the Implementation Bodies and other areas of North-South cooperation may be affected by new UK-wide policies and other wide-ranging changes in the political and economic environment.



With financial support from the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade



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