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The World Forum of Local Economic Development returns to Latin America

The Executive Committee of the World Forum of Local Economic Development has unanimously approved the candidature of Córdoba, Argentina, to host the 5th edition of this world event

The candidature of the Municipality of Córdoba, the Agency for the Strategic Development of the City (ADEC) and the Provincial Government, with the national government support, to host the 5th World Forum of Local Economic Development was officially presented by Mr. Ramón Mestre, the Mayor of Córdoba and President of the Agency for the Strategic Development of the City (ADEC) and Mercociudades in Sevilla on the occasion of an international encounter on local economic development, celebrated in May 17-18.

The Mayor of Seville, Mr. Juan Espadas, on behalf of the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI) and as the city that was hosting the meeting of the Executive Committee, was delighted to transmit to the Mayor of Córdoba the decision of the Committee gathered at the Andalusian Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Mr. Espadas congratulated the selection of Córdoba to host the 5th edition of the World Forum of Local Economic Development (LED); the city of Seville hosted in 2011 the first edition of the Forum, a celebration that has become a key event to promote the local implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Indeed, the achievement of the 2030 Agenda depends, to a large extent, on the commitment of governments and local governments networks.

The Executive Committee meeting happened after a three-day review of the initiatives taken place since the first edition of the Forum. Following these three days of work, several processes are starting: a construction permanent knowledge process, which will be reinforced in the Forum; an international agenda in the five continents that will include thematic regional meetings; and the reinforcement of international alliances to extend and allow the ownership of the process.

More than 80 international delegates participated in the brainstorming sessions, including the members of the permanent committee and its associates: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Labor Organization (ILO), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), United Regions Organization (ORU – FOGAR), Government of Cabo Verde, Municipality and Metropolitan City of Turin, Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) and the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI).

The next edition of this biennial event, which is scheduled to take place in September 2019, is expected to advance further the dialogue and sharing of perspectives on the local economic development approach as vehicle to localize the Sustainable Development Goals, and achieve an inclusive and sustainable development.