Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys TD today announced that Ireland will host the 13th OECD International Conference on Rural Development in 2022.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organization of 38 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and global trade.
The OECD Rural Conference is a leading international policy and policy forum for OECD member countries to discuss rural development holistically, with each conference having a specific theme. The OECD has organized 12 conferences so far, the most recent in Korea in 2019, which focused on rural well-being.
The conference in Ireland will bring together over 250 delegates, including ministers, policy makers and practitioners from across the OECD region, to discuss the theme “Building sustainable, resilient and prosperous rural areas”.
This is the first time Ireland has hosted such a conference and follows the release of the government’s rural development policy, Our Rural Future.
Announcing the conference, Minister Humphreys said:
“Ireland is fully committed to sustainable and inclusive rural development and the organization of this important international conference next year is yet another demonstration of Ireland’s leadership in this area.
“The publication of ‘Our Rural Future’ earlier this year marked a turning point for rural development in Ireland. It places rural development at the heart of our national economic, social and environmental well-being.
“This conference is an opportunity for Ireland to host discussions among OECD members on how to advance our common ambitions for rural areas, share Ireland’s experience and learn from others in the OECD region.
Welcoming Ireland’s decision to host the Conference, OECD Deputy Secretary-General Yoshiki Takeuchi said:
“I warmly welcome Ireland’s decision to host the 13th Rural Development Conference on Building Sustainable, Resilient and Thriving Rural Places in 2022. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to ensure that all people and places, including rural areas, benefit from the recovery.
“The conference is a unique forum for policy makers to engage in dialogue and exchange best practices for rural development. “
More details on the conference, including registration information, will be available in early 2022.
The event is intended to be held in person subject to applicable public health guidelines.