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Ministers launch Good Relations Week 2024 

Former world boxing champion Carl Frampton joined the First Minister and deputy First Minister today to encourage local groups and organisations to get involved in Good Relations Week 2024. Good Relations Week 2024, coordinated by the Community Relations Council, will run from Monday 16th September to Sunday 22nd September 2024 with an anticipated programme of over 200 cross community and multi-cultural events across the region. Pictured launching Good Relations Week 2024 is First Minister Michelle O’Neill and deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly alongside Carl Frampton, Chinese Dancer, Weihong Tu and Syrian Dancer, Mar Decena.

First Minister Michelle O’Neill and deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly today launched Good Relations Week at an event in Girdwood Community Hub, Belfast.

Good Relations Week 2024 is taking place from 16 to 22 September 2024. Last year over 220 Good Relations Week events were hosted with every council area  represented.

This year’s theme is ‘OpportUNITY’ and is a call to action to create a brighter, inclusive future for all. 

Organisations which help deliver good relations activities attended today’s event, together with World boxing champion Carl Frampton.

First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “The Good Relations Week programme of events showcase the vital role of good relations work in peace building and community cohesion. On behalf of the Executive,  we were delighted to join with the Community Relations Council in supporting the launch of Good Relations Week 2024.

“This annual celebration highlights the positive peace building work already being delivered, while also looking at the changes we can all make and the opportunities available to support our shared and sustainable communities.

“Now more than ever we need to work together, making the most of every opportunity to create a positive future for everyone within our society.  We would therefore like to encourage all organisations to get involved in Good Relations Week this year.”

Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly said: “We are delighted to celebrate the launch of Good Relations Week 2024.

“Improving community relations and continuing our shared purpose to improve relations that reach much deeper and wider into our communities is an important part of the Executive’s ‘Together: Building a United Community’ (T:BUC) Strategy.

“We are committed to building stronger, more connected communities where everyone is valued, heard and included. We want to  work with new and existing partners to deliver a shared society for everyone.  The programme of events delivered as part of Good Relations Week provides the perfect opportunity to extend this partnership working and to  engage with new communities.

“I would encourage everyone to visit the Good Relations Week website and to consider hosting an event this year.”

The Community Relations Council is inviting registrations from local community groups, voluntary organisations, statutory bodies, businesses and local councils to host an event that aligns with the theme of ‘OpportUNITY’ and showcases their outstanding good relations efforts.

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Maurice Bradley