I also serve as a member of the UK Delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly based in Strasbourg. The Council of Europe seeks to promote democracy, human rights and respect for the rule of law across all European nations.
Alongside my work as an MP, I am also Chairman of a not-for-profit organisation called the Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution (CIPCR) which seeks to share the experience of the Northern Ireland peace process with others who are endeavouring to resolve conflict in their own region.
In so doing, we recognise that each conflict is unique and therefore one cannot simply transfer a solution from one conflict to another. That said, we believe that lessons may be drawn from Northern Ireland, both good and bad, which can help those who are engaged in peace-building work across the globe. After all, the peace process here is a ‘work in progress’ and we can learn from others just as much as they can draw upon our experience.