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On September 13 and 14, Huelva hosted the last meeting of the Executive Committee before the Forum’s celebration

On September 13 and 14, the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI) and the Provincial Council of Huelva, which currently hold FAMSI’s presidency, hosted the last meeting of the Executive Committee of the 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development prior to the realization of the event, which will take place in Cabo Verde, from the 17th to the 20th of October. The meeting counted on the participation of representatives of the United Nations Development Program, through its ART Initiative (UNDP ART); the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Government of Cabo Verde.

During the meeting, the last details of organization aspects, such as the development of the sessions, agenda, ceremonies and logistics, have been revised by the Executive Committee to guarantee that the success of the event.

The 4th World Forum of LED is part of an ongoing process, started in 2011, that facilitates a meaningful dialogue on LED, and promotes exchanges on the topic among a large variety of engaging stakeholders. The event also aims at encouraging concrete cooperation and promoting joint actions that can help to localize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main goal of the Executive Committee is, therefore, to ensure that all the perspectives and decisions that have fed the forum’s process, since its beginning in 2011, are integrated and materialized in all the contents and spaces that will be developed in Cabo Verde.

The event, conceived as a platform for dialogue and shares experiences on LED, will particularly review in its 4th edition, experiences and assumptions that delve into three main thematic areas around LED as a foundation for: i) integrated and cohesive territories, ii) resilient and peaceful societies in fragile contexts, and iii) sustainable and inclusive economies. Furthermore, the 4th World Forum of LED will bring the opportunity to further reflect on key issues such as poverty eradication, employment and decent work, sustainable entrepreneurship, multi-stakeholder partnerships, including the involvement of civil society, workers’ and employers’ organizations. It will also have a special focus on Small Island Developing States.

These two days of work in Huelva provided also the opportunity to share and raise awareness about the Forum and the LED process among Andalusian actors (regional, provincial and municipalities) governments and civil organizations, which confirmed their commitment to participate and contribute to the process.

If you are interested in learning more about LED strategies, please click here to register and participate of the event in Cabo Verde.