The demographic profile of Ireland has changed dramatically since the late 1990’s. One of the measures undertaken by Government, in recognition of this change, was the development of the National Action Plan Against Racism (NPAR) 2005- 2008. This four year programme was designed to provide strategic direction towards the achievement of a more intercultural inclusive society in Ireland. Under the Plan, support was provided towards the development of a number of national and local strategies promoting greater integration in our workplaces, in the police service, the health service, in our education system, in the arts and within our local authorities.
While the National Action Plan against Racism focussed on the period 2005 to 2008, the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (formerly the Office of the Minister for Integration) will continue to maintain the Government commitment to address racism as a key aspect of integration, diversity management and broader national social policy. We will continue to work with many sectors including the Garda Síochána (Irish Police), Local Authorities, Sporting Bodies, Government Departments, the social partners and broader civil society including cultural and ethnic minorities, to further progress the integration and diversity management agenda. It should also be noted that strategies such as an Intercultural Health Strategy, an Intercultural Education Strategy, an Arts strategy, a Workplace Diversity Strategy and a Police Diversity Strategy continue to be implemented.
The Irish Government is also fully committed to complying with our international obligations in this regard, in particular, in relation to the work undertaken by the UN. The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration was actively engaged in the process to review the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action produced during the World Conference against Racism, held in Durban in 2001. The Review Conference itself took place in Geneva from 20 – 24 April 2009.
The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration also prepared Ireland's Joint Third and Fourth State Report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism Discrimination. The report was transmitted to the Committee in December 2009 and is available here. The examination of Ireland's latest State report took place at 3pm on Tuesday 22nd of February 2011 and again at 10am on Wednesday the 23rd of February 2011. The Concluding Observations of the CERD Committee in respect of Ireland’s examination were published on Friday 11th March 2011 and can be accessed through the following link to the Committee’s website:
The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration also co-ordinated preparations for the joint visit of the European Committee Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the Advisory Committee under the Framework Convention on National Minorities to Ireland which took place in February/March 2012. The report of the Committee was published in February 2013 and is available here.
Tackling racism and promoting diversity is not just the responsibility of Government. Everybody in Irish society, including individuals, organisations, businesses, Governmental and non- Governmental Organisations have a responsibility to address racism and its impact on the people who experience it.
Details of the work already undertaken or planned in this area are outlined in this section of our website.
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