A year after the celebration of the 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development, the city of Mindelo, Cabo Verde, hosted from the 17th to the 19th of October 2018, the II International Summit of Local Leaders. The event was organized by the Government of Cabo Verde, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Cabo Verde, the Luxembourg Government and the National Association of Cabo Verdean Municipalities (ANMCV).
The Summit gathered representatives of the Cabo Verdean national government, city leaders from all its municipalities, together with international entities, bilateral partners, private sector, civil society and local and regional governments from Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, Spain and Italy. The overall goal was to discuss the importance of local leadership for the promotion of Local Economic Development processes and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For three days, successful experiences and good local leadership practices on mobilizing local actors for sustainable development were presented. For instance, the first panel discussed the type of leadership needed to support local economic development. It was highlighted the need for collaborative leadership to involve and facilitate the participation of different levels of governments, departments and stakeholders in the process. The second panel analysed the capacities and instruments that can reduce regional growth asymmetries, revising the particular context of Cabo Verde and its different islands, and evaluating the benefits of creating an intermediate level of government in the country. The third panel concentrated on local leadership for SDGs localization and the role played by municipal leaders, civil society and the private sector to achieve these global goals. On the occasion, the national and local Cabo Verdean strategy for the SDGs was presented by the government. Moreover, several experiences from the city of Praia, developed in the framework of the joint project of UNDP and the city of Madrid to support the localization of the SDGs and promote peaceful and inclusive cities, were presented; from São Salvador do Mundo on SDG 5; and from City Habitat and CERAI, on how NGOs are supporting the localization of the SDGs in the country. Finally, the forth panel discussed how a multi-stakeholder partnership approach is bringing local development opportunities for Cabo Verde.
The event also provided the occasion to analyse the impact of the World Forum of Local Economic Development’s process in the country. In this regard, Ms. Francisca Santos, on behalf of the government of Cabo Verde, stated that after hosting the 4th world edition, the government has integrated local economic development in its national agenda. She emphasized how the forum process allowed building partnerships and activating peer to peer learning activities with other countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable territories. Moreover, she positively analyzed the benefits of involving all the islands of the country in the preparation and in the post forum efforts, which allowed to bring the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the communities.
Among the results of the 4th edition of the forum, it was highlighted how the forum provided the opportunity to cement and operationalize cooperation activities through the signature of several cooperation agreements between the National Association of Municipalities of Cabo Verde (ANMCV) and the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI); the Brazilian National Confederation of Municipalities (CNM); the Municipal Association of Pernambuco, Brazil (AMUPE) and the Portuguese Inter-Municipal Cooperation for Development Network (RICD).
In conclusion to the event, the final declaration reinforced the key role of local leaders to localize the SDGs. This includes the action that is currently being undertaken by several Cabo Verdean municipalities through the Municipal Strategic Plans for Sustainable Development (PEMDS), which are elaborated through a participatory process with a SDGs lens, with the support of UNDP Cabo Verde, through the Local Platforms to Achieve the 2030 Agenda. Please read here the full set of recommendations.
The declaration also aims to be enrich the debate towards the celebration of the 5th edition of World Forum of Local Economic Development, which was presented by Mr. Johannes Krassnitzer, Coordinator of the ART Initiative of UNDP, and Mr. Emilio Rabasco, Director of Programs of FAMSI, during the Summit. The next forum will be celebrated in Cordoba, Argentina in September 2019.