In preparation for Cabo Verde in 2017, the LED approach is discussed during several regional, national and international events, organized by different institutions.There is a continuity of activities between each edition of the forum, including cooperation, capacity building, research, and information sharing. These activities are geared to implement the previous forum’s action plan and prepare for the next one. They pave the way for more successful outcomes and achievements.The sustained coordination among the involved partners and stakeholders plays a vital role in the lead-up to the next edition of the forum. It stimulates discussion and contributes to the key themes.
A CONTINUITY OF ACTIVITIES
International Seminar on the role of Social and Solidarity Economy in Local Economic Development Process and in the Implementation of the SDGs
20 JUL – 22 JUL 2017 Praia, Cabo Verde
The three day International Seminar promoted by Citi-Habitat in a partnership with the government of Cabo Verde, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) focused on the role of Social and Solidarity Economy in local economic development process and in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Paving the way to the 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development, SSE organizations, local authorities, government representatives, academia and other relevant stakeholders have shared experiences and engaged in fruitful discussions around the main thematic of the event and have committed to contribute to the process of the forum through the development of guidelines and strategies for the full and complete recognition of the Social and Solidarity Economy in LED, having as base a Roadmap of the African continent for inclusive development and the promotion of the SDGs.
International Summit on Local Power and Sustainable Development
17 JUL – 18 JUL 2017 Ilha do Sal, Cabo Verde
The government of Cabo Verde hosted from the 17th to the 18th of July the International Summit on Local Power and Sustainable Development organized by the National Association of Municipalities of Cabo Verde (ANMCV) in collaboration with the government of Luxembourg and UNDP in the framework of the Local Platforms Program for Achieving the SDGs in Cabo Verde. During these two days, Cabo Verdean municipalities exchanged innovative solutions on how local economic strategies are key for contributing to achieve the SDGs. The meeting counted as well with the enlightening experiences on LED and the localization of the SDGs from Europe, Latin America and Africa, which brought to the table the discussion of important issues for Cabo Verde from a local perspective. Simultaneously, the event was decisive to promote the development and further enhancement of many enriching partnerships and alliances between key stakeholders. The results of the discussions have paved the road towards the 4th World Forum on LED, creating a strategic alignment and coordination platform that will safeguard the participation of Cabo Verdean municipalities in the event.
2nd Regional Forum of Local Economic Development for Latin America and the Caribbean
27 JUN – 30 JUN 2017 Tiquipaya, Bolivia
The objective of the 2nd Regional Forum is to facilitate dialogue and exchange among local, national and international actors on local economic development, reflecting upon the challenges that the Latin American and Caribbean region is facing. The Forum will evaluate territorial development as a tool to implement the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level, and transform territorial inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based on the experiences and innovations that will be shared by the territories during this regional event, the forum will bring the voice, vision and regional positioning to the 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development to be held in Praia, Cabo Verde, from October 17 to 20, 2017.
Fourth Meeting of Municipalities for Sustainable Development (EMDS)
24 Apr- 28 Apr 2017 Brasília, Brazil
This event is hosted by the National Front of Mayors (FNP), in partnership with SEBRAE. It brings together mayors, ministers, parliamentarians, municipal and state secretaries, researchers, students and members of foreign delegations. The last edition of the event brought together more than 9,000 people, an ideal scenario for the exchange of information and proposals for sustainable local development. The fourth edition of EMDS aims to address the serious fiscal situation of Brazilian municipalities. For this, it has as its central theme as “Reinventing the financing and governance of cities”, which, for five days, will have activities aimed at promoting dialogue on this topic.
International Seminar on Decentralization and Local Economic Development
28 Mar- 30 Mar 2017 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
This seminar is part of the work process that prepares for the Regional Forum and World Forum of Local Economic Development. It is a collaboration between institutional actors from Andalusia and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It seeks to strengthen the capacity of local authorities and civil society, as they construct public policies and instruments of local economic development. The seminar, with its very practical character, is connected with innovation, knowledge management and national-local articulation to reinforce good governance. There is an effort to identify local policies on employment, productive development, sustainability and social cohesion. The seminar will allow concrete conclusions and lines of action to be drawn from the challenges and opportunities that can boost local economic development.
Governors and regional presidents from Europe, America and Africa, gathered at ORU Fogar’s summit. Hosted by the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the summit was primarily geared at discussing the public management processes of the intermediate governments. The six round tables noted methods for better planning, increased transparency and more training for the political and technical officials of the regions. They concluded that the most fundamental element was for regional governments to receive adequate funding for the services provided.
A three day conference, hosted by the Botswana Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, looked at how local government can play its full part in development to improve the lives of the 2.2 billion people who live in the Commonwealth. The theme of the 2015 conference was Local government 2030: Achieving the Vision. It focused on priorities for local government post-2015 to play its full part in development including improving local governance and effectiveness, promoting sustainable local economic development, and strategies for inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities.
1st Regional Forum of Local Economic Development for Latin America and the Caribbean
18 May- 19 May 2015 Quito, Ecuador
The objective of the 1st Regional Forum was to facilitate dialogue and exchange on Local Economic Development (LED) between local, national and international actors. The focus was set on the challenges to be addressed in Latin America and the Caribbean, such as the provision of basic services, the creation of decent jobs and the support of micro, small and medium enterprises to achieve sustainable and inclusive development. The forum aimed to generate a common position on LED methodological practices, and to foster alliances for greater impact on the Latin American and Caribbean development agenda. It strived to form a common regional vision and position on key issues.
Third Meeting of Municipalities for Sustainable Development (III EMDS)
7 Apr - 9 Apr 2015 Brasilia, Brazil
This event was organized by the National Front of Mayors (FNP) in partnership with SEBRAE and more than 109 Brazilian and international organizations. It is recognized as the largest gathering of local governments focused on sustainability in Latin America. For this edition, over 9,000 participants from 16 countries registered to take part, and more than 500 mayors and 600 speakers were present over the three days.
This round table event explored the contribution of territorial actors, civil society and local authorities to the promotion of social cohesion. It highlighted the importance of dialogue between territories to promote sustainable and integrated local development. The exchanges focused on how territorial actors can implement local democracy systems capable of ensuring citizen participation, accountability and representativeness of excluded groups. Finally, the discussion delved into ways of improving social dialogue between citizens.
9th International Public Markets Conference in Barcelona
26 Mar - 28 Mar 2015 Barcelona, Spain
This conference was organized by the Municipality of Barcelona, in collaboration with UN-Habitat. It articulated a new global vision for public markets as authentic places that are increasingly recognized for their contributions to sustainable food systems, local economic development and rural-urban linkages. The conference brought together public market leaders, advocates, and a broad mix of government leaders, market managers, downtown planners, grassroots organizers, local food advocates, transportation experts, health care professionals, and educators from around the world. Delegations from specific cities attended the conference together, so that market operators, municipal staff, and civic leadership learned more about the future of markets together, and took the lessons back to their home communities.
Forum on south-south and triangular cooperation and urban-rural policies for the promotion of decent work in intermediary cities
29 Jan - 30 Jan 2015 Pasto, Colombia
The Municipal Administration of Pasto, UCLG, the ILO and Findeter organized a forum, which served to strengthen the international network of intermediary cities. This forum was based on a methodology of peer learning and knowledge exchange. It also contributed to the consolidation and commitment of cities in the development of national, regional and local urban-rural policies. The forum worked towards a re-orientation of urban policies, by highlighting the role of local governments, in particular intermediary cities, as agents of development in the global urban agenda, among others.
Advancing the dialogue on Local Economic Development
2 Dec 2014 Brussels, Belgium
This conference brought together European and international stakeholders active in the promotion of local economic development (LED). They exchanged their respective knowledge, experiences and visions in the context of LED tools and strategies. It was an opportunity to foster partnerships and coordinate LED initiatives. Hosted by the Bavarian Representation in Brussels and in collaboration with Città del Bio and the United Nations Development Programme, the event aimed to initiate the debate and prepare the thematic lines to be addressed during the 3rd World Forum of LED.
Meeting of the UCLG Working Group on LED during the UCLG World Council
25 Nov 2014 Haikou, China
The City of Haikou, China hosted the UCLG World Council, where local and regional leaders discussed the central issues defining the global development agenda. The Working Group on LED contributed to the development of proposals and initiatives for collaboration and cooperation between local governments and associations. The focus of the actions of this Working Group was on LED as a public necessity, that is, as part of public policy in local and national government agendas.
The Mediterranean Economic Week is a partnership initiative that offers a privileged moment of exchange between the actors who work for economic development in the Mediterranean. Within the overarching theme of “Tourism as an economic driver”, the plenary session of the international event, coordinated by the Office of Economic Cooperation for the Mediterranean and the Middle East (OCEMO), included an LED presentation. The presentation- “Territorial Approach to Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean: Strategies, Instruments and Practices” – showcased the importance of sustainable tourism initiatives at the territorial level – socially responsible, involving and benefiting the local communities and local economies, and respectful of the environment. It highlighted the uniqueness of decentralized cooperation as a modality to support such an approach.
Workshop in the framework of the UCLG meeting on "Urban-Rural Policies for Economic Development"
24 Sept -27 Sept 2014 Chefchaouen, Morocco
This workshop was held on the issue of Local Economic Development (LED) and Decent Work in Cultural Economies of Intermediary Cities. The aim of this workshop was to share valuable knowledge and experience of integrated rural-urban strategies, involvement in cultural economies, heritage, food production and markets. There was an emphasis on the development of urban policies for economic development that respond to rural potential and needs. The seminar brought together representatives of cities in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, and Spain. Cities of the north and the south aimed to identify and position the role of intermediary cities with regards to the rural and regional economies, in the promotion of LED and its implementation. The workshop was organized by the Municipality of Chefchaouen in partnership with the Government of Morocco, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI)
The seventh session of the World Urban Forum had 7 days of inspiring discussions, in a city renowned for its incredible urban transformation, Medellín, Colombia. A veritable meeting of urban minds gathered to discuss Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life, taking on the challenges of rapidly growing cities. A side event for LED had been organized within the framework of this international event, organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat). The side event provided an opportunity to discuss successful national and territorial LED policies that have promoted urban-rural linkages as the basis for strengthened territorial development. It presented specific instruments and experiences for the implementation of integrated urban-rural LED strategies.