Tim Attwood, Secretary of the John and Pat Hume Foundation, commented: “John and Pat Hume dedicated their lives to building peace and reconciliation in the North and on the island of Ireland. 25 years on from the historic Yes Referendum on the 24 May 1998, it is very timely that the final report on Peace Summit 2023 – A Call For Action’ will be launched on the anniversary of the Referendum.”
Naoimh McNamee, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation CEO, said: “It’s so important to hear from people from different walks of life, genders, age groups and ethnicities as was the approach taken for the Hume Foundation Peace Summit 2023 – A Call For Action report. We hear the frustrations, and also suggestions, on how to move forward. I feel uplifted by this report, as we continue to work creatively together in partnership with each other. That sense of hope is really important to us right now.“
Dympna McGlade, Community Dialogue, said: “The last 25 years have brought relative peace, and we should never take this for granted. The Peace Summit has had a deep and constructive engagement with young people and peacemakers on the unfinished business of peace and reconciliation, the final report recognises the achievements and has produced important recommendations and a call for action for the next 25 years.”
Special thanks are given to The International Fund for Ireland for funding the consultation and report and the additional support provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund and Ulster University.