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Ireland at Urban and Rural Development Theme Week

As one of Expo’s ten theme weeks, Urban and Rural Development week runs from 31 October to 6 November and addresses important issues such as smart cities, environmental protection and rural infrastructure development.

Ireland will participate through engagement at events, including the hosting of the European Architecture as Caregiver exhibition at the Irish Pavilion, in partnership with the EU Commission.

This exhibition features the work of two winners of the Mies van der Rohe EU prize for Contemporary Architecture, who are providing creative approaches to a global problem—in this case, accelerating urbanisation in the context of buildings and infrastructure that account for 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

This exhibition will launch at the Irish pavilion on 2 November and will be opened by Colm Brophy, Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations.

Ireland’s own rural development ambitions are set out in, ‘Our Rural Future’, Ireland’s rural development policy for the period 2021-2025. Recognised as one of the most progressive sustainable rural development policies in Europe, it represents a new milestone in the approach to rural development and adopts a more strategic, ambitious and holistic approach to investing in and maximising opportunities for rural Ireland.

The policy’s objectives will be achieved through the delivery of more than 150 commitments to be implemented across a range of government departments and agencies. 

The following video outlines Ireland’s journey and ambitious plans for the development of our rural communities.