Further and higher education is very clearly an economic issue, ensuring our population has access to the skills and knowledge needed to attract high quality jobs to NI and putting people in a position to get them.
Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our world. It goes far beyond being an environmental problem, but is one that if not properly addressed, will drive and exacerbate poverty and global insecurity.
Today is an opportunity to ensure we keep HIV and AIDS education, awareness and treatment on the agenda, both publicly and politically; to ensure vital fundraising is undertaken to enable research as well as provide support for those people living with the disease locally and globally.
Trident, we’re told, is the UK’s insurance policy in an “uncertain” world. A relic of Cold War geo-politics, the Â£167billion it will cost to renew could be considerably better spent on problems we are certain about.
Four years into the ‘Decade of Centenaries’, the challenge remains to consign to history the acceptability of violence for political ends, and to embrace the complexity of shared history.