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Keynote Speaker Announcement - Bertie Ahern

‘Empowering Communities Towards Peace’

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Address: ‘Empowering Communities Towards Peace’

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern has been involved in negotiations for most of his life. From industrial relations issues in his early years; leading negotiations on the Maastricht Treaty; and achieving consensus of the 27 members states to a European Constitution while serving as President of the European Council, he has been central to reconciliation and negotiation over his entire career.

While serving as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) from 1997 to 2008, Mr Ahern played a significant role in the negotiations that led to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. The Good Friday Agreement transformed relations for the better between Ireland North and South and between Ireland and Britain; and instilled a new ethos of tolerance and respect into politics on the island of Ireland.

Since leaving office, Bertie Ahern has engaged with peace processes and conflict resolution in several countries including Turkey, Columbia, Burma (Myaanmar) and working with CMI in Odessa and the Ukraine. He has worked in the Basque region to bring an end to the last armed conflict in Europe and he continues to share his experiences of peace building in the Basque process to strengthen the cause of reconciliation in this region.

He was appointed Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission in Papua New Guinea by the EU. The referendum, which took place in June 2019 was a significant milestone in the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

In April 2019, Mr Ahern was appointed honorary professor of Peace Studies at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice in Queen’s University Belfast. He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative a community of global leaders working together to forge solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

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