Cavan tonight began to welcome 400 people from as far away as Canada, Korea, Latvia and Columbia for an international gathering of rural development workers, policy makers, academics and ministers and their officials. They are in town to attend a major conference titled ‘Building Sustainable, Resilient and Thriving Rural Places’.
The conference will cover many topics including the profound impact on rural areas of Russia’s war on Ukraine, the acceleration of remote working and the urgent need to invest in net-zero energy sources.
The three-day event is being hosted by the Irish Government and is the 13th such conference by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It is being held in the Slieve Russell Hotel from Wednesday, Sept 28th to Friday, Sept 30th, and An Taoiseach Micheál Martin is among those expected to speak at the event.
Also taking part from Ireland are Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, who is from Cavan, Minister of State for Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien, and agriculture minister Charlie McConalogue. The ministers will meet counterparts from other countries including Scotland, the USA and the Czech Republic.
In a statement yesterday, the Department of Rural and Community Development noted, “It is the first time that Ireland has hosted such a conference and follows on from the publication of the Government’s rural development policy, Our Rural Future.”
Earlier, the OECD said of its 2022 conference – “It is more important than ever for governments to put in place ambitious policies to leverage the transformative role of rural regions in keeping recovery from the pandemic on track and preparing for shocks.”
It said the main policy focus in Cavan will be on “anticipating and addressing risks, maximising development opportunities, mobilising citizens, and building long-term resilience in rural regions”.
A full programme of talks and workshops is scheduled. More details online at: https://www.oecd-events.org/13th-rural-conference
The following are among those due to speak in Cavan.
(Source: Statement issued Sept 26th by Dept. of Rural and Community Development)