Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys has announced that Ireland will host the 13th OECD International Conference on Rural Development in 2022.

The conference in Ireland will bring together more than 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 that Ireland has hosted such a conference.

Sustainable and inclusive rural development

Announcing the conference, Minister Humphreys said:

“Ireland is fully committed to sustainable and inclusive rural development and hosting 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 it was “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,” Takeuchi added.

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.

The OECD – Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development – is an intergovernmental economic organization of 38 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.