Since the first Walk21 Conference in London in 2000, the Walk21 International Conference series on Walking and Liveable Communities has promoted the international profile of walking and celebrated the value of walking for our transport, health and climate challenges as well as local liveability, personal wellbeing and social vibrancy.
From London to Sydney, New York to Hong Kong, Bogota and Vancouver, great cities have made their communities better for walking and hosted the conference. This year, Ireland will host the Conference as a national event!
The Walk21 Conference Series is coordinated by Walk21, the global charity leading the walking movement, working around the world through a range of projects, networks and its flagship annual conference.
Meet the Hosts
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
The mission at Walk21 aligns with TU Dublin’s Strategic Intent three pillars of People, Planet and Partnership. These pillars, derived from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2030, guide TU Dublin in delivering on its role as a higher education institution to deliver greater value to society.
To reflect our shared values and promote our sustainability ethos, the global Walk21 Ireland conference will be a hybrid event providing thousands of delegates from all over the world the opportunity to attend online, maximising our global reach while minimising our environmental footprint.
Walk21 Ireland is supported by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Transport, Department of Health and Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Walk21 Ireland will take place in Dublin, Ireland, with satellite events held across the country.
Big steps are being taken to help people walking in Ireland. The government has allocated €1m per day to support all the people walking already and entice more short-distance trips to be walked by motorists too. New infrastructure is being built as well as improvements to existing streets and public spaces. Every-day walked trips and walking access to public transport in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford as well as local journeys in rural areas are all being targeted.
By 2030, the government expects that these steps will have helped to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to: halve greenhouse gas emissions (SDG 3.9) and road fatalities (SDG 3.6); significantly reduce inequalities (SDG 10) and non-communicable diseases (SDG 3.2); and increase sustainable transport for all (SDG 11.2).
Ireland’s policy blueprint is relevant to any country that wants a cleaner, safer and greener future, and demonstrates how taking steps to help people walking now can deliver on global goals.