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Rural Development


The V World Forum of Local Economic Development will be held in Córdoba, Argentina during 2020.

This event is part of an open working process, started in 2011, which promotes an international dialogue and experience sharing in Local Economic Development (LED). It provides the opportunity to transform a global alliance of engaged actors into concrete partnerships at the country and local level.

Its remarkable potential stems from the large number of diverse leaders and professionals from national and subnational governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and others. They work together to stimulate policies for sustainable local development – to achieve their ultimate implementation on the ground.

The Forum will constitute a platform for dialogue 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. Ultimately, it will analyse how the LED approach stands out as an operational and strategic approach to localize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.

The Forum is an ongoing process, which culminates every two years with a world event. It began in 2011 in Seville, Spain, with the first edition of the World Forum of Local Economic Development. The second edition followed in 2013 in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil; the third edition was held in 2015 in Turin, Italy; and the fourth edition took place in Praia, Cape Verde.

Regional forums, side events and training activities are an integral part of this process. For instance, Barranquilla, Colombia hosted the Third Regional Forum of Local Economic Development for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019.


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