Global Ireland 2025 is the Government's strategy for doubling the scope and impact of Ireland's global footprint in the period 2018 to 2025. It represents the most ambitious renewal and expansion of Ireland's international presence ever undertaken. It enables Ireland to be more ambitious in advancing our strategic international objectives, promoting our values and exerting our influence, both within and beyond the European Union. It accelerates progress on diversifying and growing Ireland's exports, inward investment and tourism, particularly in response to the challenges posed by the UK's departure from the EU. It strengthens Ireland's engagement with our 70 million-strong diaspora, and bolsters our efforts to bring our culture and heritage to the wider world. It also supports Ireland's foreign policy objectives including international development, peace, disarmament and security.
Global Ireland 2025 commits to a number of measures which will positively impact the creative and cultural sectors, these include;
* Promotion of Irish arts, heritage and culture to new generations and new audiences across the world.
* Enable Culture Ireland to implement a seven-year programme of international promotion of Irish arts and culture,
* Appoint high-profile actors and artists as Cultural Ambassadors for Ireland.
* Convene a conference of cultural stakeholders to discuss how best to establish curated and strategic cultural programmes that advance our global visibility and strengthen our global relationships.
* Establish a network between Irish cultural centres across Europe and North America
* Expand Ireland's network of international film co-production treaties, including with China, and increase opportunities for Irish producers to co-produce more effectively with international producers, media organisations and major studios.
* Double the size of Ireland's film production sector through Screen Ireland, which has been allocated EU200 ($234m) million for a 10- year capital investment programme under the National Development Plan
* Launch a MOOC (an online course aiming for unlimited participation) with an accredited qualification in the Irish Language and Irish Traditional Culture
* Implement an annual programme of region-specific international campaigns promoting Ireland's culture and media to both new and growth markets and audiences over the period 2018-2025.
* Promoting Ireland's values of peace, humanitarianism, equality and justice, including through Ireland's successful campaign for election to the UN Security Council.
Successful implementation of Global Ireland 2025 requires multi-annual cross government coordination involving all relevant Departments and agencies. The results in the culture segment to date include;
* Five high-profile Cultural Ambassadors appointed for a period of three years.
* A Global Ireland conference of cultural stakeholders took place in order to identify how best to improve Ireland's global visibility and strengthen our global relationships.
* Culture Ireland continues to support Irish artists performing internationally.
* Continued strategic partnerships with a number of cultural centres, including the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and the New York Irish Arts Center.
* Government commitment of PS1m towards the redevelopment of the London Irish Centre. It will be a flagship Irish cultural centre, alongside the Irish Arts Center, New York and Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris which present a year- round programme of Irish artists in these key cultural cities.
* In 2018, supported by significant investment from the Irish Government, the Irish Arts Centre in New York broke ground on its new upgraded facility. The project is due for completion in 2020.
* Recruitment has begun to appoint a number of Cultural Officers in international locations, who will be tasked with promoting Irish culture, creating new opportunities for Irish artists in key locations and maximizing the impact internationally of Government support for Irish artists.
* A number of cross- sectoral regional strategies have been published, helping to intensify Ireland's relations with specific regions, increasing trade and investment, improving political relationships, promoting Irish culture, and increasing people-to-people exchanges.
* Ireland is also increasingly a centre of excellence for film, animation and TV production, opening windows into Ireland for new audiences and future visitors, and creating job opportunities for Irish artists and technicians.
* Current funding of over EU1m per annum is provided for teaching Irish in over forty universities worldwide.
* In 2020 Ireland successfully secured a seat on the UN Security Council for the period 2021 -2022, which will place Ireland at the heart of UN decision-making on matters of vital importance, including international peace, security and development.
* Ireland is highly regarded for its role in championing the universality and indivisibility of human rights and the protection of those who advocate and defend these rights. Ireland is actively pursuing initiatives it pioneered during its term on the UN Human Rights Council (2013-15), notably the protection and promotion of the role of civil society.
* Ireland's strong record at the United Nations of promoting the rights of women and girls is currently being carried forward through recent chairing of the Commission on the Status of Women (2018 & 2019), the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality.
Full cost of Global Ireland by 2025 is costed at EU300 million ($338m).
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A one-year progress report was published in July 2019 measuring progress to date against objectives. The report noted that while the focus at this early stage of the strategy has been on laying the foundation stones for future success, implementation is well on track. As data becomes available, future progress reports will quantify the impact of Global Ireland on key performance metrics.