demographics of Northern Ireland have been ever changing, increasing multiculturalism
and diversity, parallel to social and economic regeneration, following
the Belfast Agreement (1998), St. Andrew’s Agreement (2006) and the return
of Devolved Government on May 08, 2007.
To effectively deal with these changes, International, European and Good
Relations, and the development of an all inclusive society, the Consular
Corps/Association of Northern Ireland (CA-NI) was established.
CA-NI serves officials of Diplomatic, Consular or International Organisation rank (Career or Honorary), appointed to Northern Ireland (or a jurisdiction which includes Northern Ireland), and accredited to Northern Ireland by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Officials are appointed to further the interests of the
country or organisation they represent through commercial, educational,
academic, sport and cultural activities. They also endeavour to assist
and protect the interests of their Nationals.
All activity is
conducted within the framework of either:
• Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR)
• Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
• Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International
Organizations or between International Organizations / International Organisations