New Decade, New Approach

Country/entity
Ireland
United Kingdom
Northern Ireland
Region
Europe and Eurasia
Agreement name
New Decade, New Approach
Date
10/01/2020
Agreement status
Multiparty signed/agreed
Interim arrangement
No
Agreement/conflict level
Intrastate/intrastate conflict (Northern Ireland Conflict (1968 - 1998)
Commonly referred to as ‘the Troubles’, the most recent conflict over the territory of Northern Ireland can be framed as beginning in 1968 and ending with the Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement) in 1998. While the genesis of the conflict was closely related to pressures for the state to reform with relation to discrimination against the (minority) Catholic population, the core issue of the conflict as it proceeded was the constitutional status of Northern Ireland, which was contested between the unionist/loyalist (mostly Protestant) majority, who wanted the territory to remain as part of the United Kingdom, and the nationalist/republican (mostly Catholic) minority, whose goal was to unite the six provincial counties with the Republic of Ireland. The thirty years prior to the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement were marked by inter-communal violence, active paramilitary groups, and the deployment of the British army in the province. Mediation by international actors, and dialogue between the British and Irish governments, and between the IRA and its representatives and the British Government eventually resulted in a ceasefire respected by the majority of combatants. Talks led to the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement which established a power-sharing system of governance between nationalist and unionist communities.
Northern Ireland Conflict (1968 - 1998) )
Stage
Implementation/renegotiation (Addresses new or outstanding issues)
Conflict nature
Government/territory
Peace process
62: Northern Ireland peace process
Parties
Government of the United Kingdom
Government of the Republic of Ireland
Democratic Unionist Party
Sinn Féin
Ulster Unionist Party
Social Democratic and Labour Party
The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Third parties
Description
Agreement to restore the devolved institutions following a long hiatus resulting from a number of outstanding issues, some of which are dealt with in the agreement, such as changes to the mutual veto mechanism, transparency in the civil service, and provisions for the Irish language.

Agreement document
UK_IE_10012020_New_Decade_New_Approach.pdf []

Main category
Page 6: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
...
The Executive will reconfigure hospital provision to deliver better patient outcomes,
more stable services and sustainable staffing. Improvements will be made in stroke, breast
assessment, urgent and emergency care and day case elective care by the end of 2020.
...
The Executive will provide 3 funded cycles of IVF treatment


Page 7: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
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The Executive will also address:
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● the report of Sir John Gillen on the handling of serious sexual offences cases,
and will deliver the necessary changes in case conduct and management.


Page 9: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
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The Executive will press on with implementation of a redress scheme for victims and
survivors of historical abuse, making payments as early as possible.


Page 27: Annex D: Programme for Government
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4.6.2. The Programme for Government could be underpinned by key
supporting strategies, including the following:
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4.6.2.7. Gender Strategy;
4.6.2.8. Sexual Orientation Strategy;

Women, girls and gender

Participation
No specific mention.
Equality
No specific mention.
Particular groups of women
No specific mention.
International law
No specific mention.
New institutions
Infrastructure (general)
Page 27: Annex D: Programme for Government
...
4.6.2. The Programme for Government could be underpinned by key
supporting strategies, including the following:
...
4.6.2.7. Gender Strategy;
4.6.2.8. Sexual Orientation Strategy;
Violence against women
Sexual violence
Page 7: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
...
The Executive will also address:
...
● the report of Sir John Gillen on the handling of serious sexual offences cases,
and will deliver the necessary changes in case conduct and management.
Other
Page 9: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
...
The Executive will press on with implementation of a redress scheme for victims and
survivors of historical abuse, making payments as early as possible.
Transitional justice
Other
Page 9: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
...
The Executive will press on with implementation of a redress scheme for victims and
survivors of historical abuse, making payments as early as possible.
Institutional reform
Police
Page 7: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
...
The Executive will also address:
...
● the report of Sir John Gillen on the handling of serious sexual offences cases,
and will deliver the necessary changes in case conduct and management.
Public administration
Page 27: Annex D: Programme for Government
...
4.6.2. The Programme for Government could be underpinned by key
supporting strategies, including the following:
...
4.6.2.7. Gender Strategy;
4.6.2.8. Sexual Orientation Strategy;
Development
Health (general)
Page 6: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
...
The Executive will reconfigure hospital provision to deliver better patient outcomes,
more stable services and sustainable staffing. Improvements will be made in stroke, breast
assessment, urgent and emergency care and day case elective care by the end of 2020.
Reproductive rights
Page 6: Part 1: Priorities of the Restored Executive
...
The Executive will provide 3 funded cycles of IVF treatment
Implementation
No specific mention.
Other
No specific mention.

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