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In May 2013 the NI Executive published the Together: Building a United Community Strategy (T:BUC). This strategy reflects the NI Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.
Through the Belfast Agenda, we have made a commitment to create and develop a shared, peaceful and reconciled city. The Belfast Agenda seeks to develop a city re-imagined, connected and resurgent delivering inclusive growth that leaves no-one behind. This long-term vision requires council, government agencies, the private sector and residents to work together, to collaborate and make it real.
Good relations legislation places a legal duty on all public bodies to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group. We promote good relations by promoting cultural diversity and respect for all cultural identities. We promote Belfast as a city for everyone.
Our Good Relations Strategy outlines how we will create a shared city. It was developed following extensive consultation and identifies five key outcomes:
We facilitate the Shared City Partnership which brings together elected members and community partners to advise and guide on good relations issues within the city. We work with our elected members and partners to ensure delivery of the outcomes in the good relations strategy.
Our dedicated Good Relations Unit deliver a good relations programme is 75% funded through the T:BUC District Council Good Relations Programme and 25 per cent council funded. This programme supports the delivery of local responses to locally identified good relations priorities.
The action plan is aligned to the objectives of the Executive Office ‘Together: Building a United Community’ (T:BUC) strategy.
The T:BUC four key strategic priorities are:
The good relations team works on the delivery of good relations projects and initiatives across Belfast, including: celebration of cultural diversity, challenging sectarianism and racism, promoting the development of positive relationships between people from different backgrounds and creating shared space and marking key events.
Key projects include:
The Decade of Centenaries Programme commemorated a decade of key historical moments and events between 1912 and 1922 that shaped Northern Ireland and Ireland during this time.
We produce a range of publications on good relations issues for the city. Current publications are listed below. If you would like to receive a full copy of any of these publications, please email us and we’ll send one to you.
We also lead on the delivery of the PEACE IV programme. This is an EU funded cross-border initiative designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region. The programme is financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Find out details of PEACE IV events.
Belfast City Council is the Data Controller under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the personal data it gathers for the purposes of sending email updates from Good Relations.
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The personal data may be shared internally within the council with staff who are involved in providing this service and where necessary, between internal departments with the purpose of supporting an effective delivery of service.
Your personal data will not be shared or disclosed to any other organisation without your consent, unless the law permits or places an obligation on the council to do so.
The personal data is held and stored by the council in a safe and secure manner and in compliance with Data Protection legislation and in line with the council’s Records Retention and Disposal Schedule.
If you have any queries regarding the processing of your personal data or wish to withdraw your consent to the processing of it, please contact the Good Relations team on 028 9027 0663 or email email@example.com
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Belfast City Council,
City Hall Belfast,
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