The 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development will be hosted by the city of Praia (Cabo Verde) from the 17th to 20th of October 2017.
The event is organized by Government of Cabo Verde, the global network of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and its Committee on LED, through the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI), the Organization of United Regions (ORU FOGAR), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the previous host organizations, the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE), and the Municipality and Metropolitan City of Turin.
The Forum follows the success of the 2nd Regional Forum of LED for Latin America and the Caribbean, celebrated last June in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The event, which was opened by the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, gathered almost 1,500 participants that over four days discussed how the LED approach can contribute to achieving a more equitable and sustainable development.
The Forum is part of an ongoing process which aims at facilitating a dialogue and at promoting exchanges on LED among a wide array of engaged stakeholders, including national and sub-national governments, the private sector, academia and civil society. The event also aims at encouraging concrete cooperation and promoting joint actions that can help landing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the local level.
The Forum’s process started in 2011 with the celebration of the 1st forum in Seville (Spain) and continued with the 2nd and 3rd editions celebrated in 2013 in Foz do Iguacu (Brazil) and in 2015 in Turin (Italy) - which offered the opportunity to present the experiences of delegations from over 100 countries and critically review their territorial experiences (click here to read the reports of the past editions of the forum and click here to watch the videos).
Considering LED as an important means for implementing the SDGs at the local level, the Forum will provide a space for a critical reflection and it will strive to promote creative discussions on how can we do things differently in order to address rising inequalities and achieve a more just, equal and sustainable development for all.
The 4th Forum will aim to explore, specifically, three main thematic areas around LED as a foundation for:
The event will also have a special focus on Small Island developing States (SIDS).