Following the success of the I World Forum of Local Economic Development (Spain, 2011), during which some 1,300 participants from 47 different countries exchanged territorial practices and tools for Local Economic Development (LED), the II World Forum of Local Economic Development will be held in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from 29th October to 1st November.

The event is organised by the Technological Park of Itaipu (Brazil), the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE), the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the ART Initiative, with the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Regions United (FOGAR).

The main objective of the II World Forum is to advance the relation between the concept of territorial approach to development, the decentralization and deconcentration policies at national level, and the specific tools for integrating the three dimensions of Sustainable Human Development (SHD). The expected results of the 2nd Forum are: i) to advance the global dialogue on LED through the participation and the exchange of experiences between a large range of stakeholders; ii) to identify good practices of successful LED public policies; iii) to establish a system for exchanging experiences and data on LED; iv) to build partnerships and a joint roadmap for greater impact on the global agenda; and v) to raise awareness among governments to adopt policies to facilitate concepts of LED and territorial development as effective stimulus to improve the living conditions of their population.

Technical officers and politicians, Academia, local actors, representatives of the various levels of Government, institutions that promote and support local development, private sector and international organizations coming from the five continents, all while ensuring a territorial, social and gender balance, are expected to take part. Some international organizations, as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNWomen, the International Labor Organization, among others, and national ministries of different continents already confirmed their participation.

If you are interested in taking part and to find further information, do not hesitate to visit the LED forum website and/or contact the organizers at info.art@undp.org

Following the success of the I World Forum of Local Economic Development (Spain, 2011), during which some 1,300 participants from 47 different countries exchanged territorial practices and tools for Local Economic Development (LED), the II World Forum of Local Economic Development will be held in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from 29th October to 1st November.

The event is organised by the Technological Park of Itaipu (Brazil), the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE), the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the ART Initiative, with the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Regions United (FOGAR).

The main objective of the II World Forum is to advance the relation between the concept of territorial approach to development, the decentralization and deconcentration policies at national level, and the specific tools for integrating the three dimensions of Sustainable Human Development (SHD). The expected results of the 2nd Forum are: i) to advance the global dialogue on LED through the participation and the exchange of experiences between a large range of stakeholders; ii) to identify good practices of successful LED public policies; iii) to establish a system for exchanging experiences and data on LED; iv) to build partnerships and a joint roadmap for greater impact on the global agenda; and v) to raise awareness among governments to adopt policies to facilitate concepts of LED and territorial development as effective stimulus to improve the living conditions of their population.

Technical officers and politicians, Academia, local actors, representatives of the various levels of Government, institutions that promote and support local development, private sector and international organizations coming from the five continents, all while ensuring a territorial, social and gender balance, are expected to take part. Some international organizations, as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNWomen, the International Labor Organization, among others, and national ministries of different continents already confirmed their participation.

If you are interested in taking part and to find further information, do not hesitate to visit the LED forum website and/or contact the organizers at info.art@undp.org