Each summer the President and Sabina Higgins host a series of Garden Parties, to celebrate the work of people and organisations active on themes of citizenship and community that are central to the Presidency of Michael D. Higgins.
The Garden Parties continue the tradition of past Presidents and this year the President and Mrs Higgins will welcome over 4,000 people from all over the island of Ireland to their residence in the Phoenix Park.
Deirdre Fallon at Áras an Uachtaráin
This year’s Garden Parties cover a range of themes and the Institute was invited to a garden party on 9th June dedicated to the theme of “Sustainable Development”, specifically to acknowledge individuals and organisations working to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals agreed in New York in September 2015.
In his remarks at the Garden Party President Higgins emphasised the need for cross sectoral collaboration to deliver sustainable development and the role of bodies and organisations in driving this agenda, particularly in relation to climate change.
Through Goal number 11, world leaders have agreed to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Clearly spatial planning interfaces with nearly all aspects of sustainable development and the principle of “sustainability” is at the heart of planning which when done correctly results in thriving communities where people can work, live, shop and play. Good planning contributes to a stable economy, boosting enterprising opportunities in own towns and villages and providing many social benefits to all.