Advancing the dialogue on Local Economic Development

Process towards the 3rd World Forum on Local Economic Development


2nd of December 2014, 14h00 – 17h00
Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU (Belgium)

The 3rd World Forum on Local Economic Development (LED) will be celebrated in Turin (Italy) in October 2015. The event is organized by the Municipality and Province of Turin, the global network of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and its Committee on Local Economic Development, through the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity, the Organization of United Regions (ORU FOGAR), the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Forum is part of a process, started in 2011, with the 1st LED Forum, which provided the opportunity to present the territorial experiences of 47 countries on how to fill the gap between the contextualization of the economic development and its practical application for sustainable human development. In 2013, the 2nd LED Forum brought together representatives of local, regional and national authorities, representatives of multilateral organizations, academia, and institutions of international cooperation, as well as actors of social and economic networks from 67 countries, focusing the discussion on the instruments for creating public-private partnerships at the local level, in particularly by facilitating decentralization policies and by promoting the interaction with the private sector.

In view of the celebration of the 3rd edition of the event, the United Nations Development Programme and the global network of Città del Bio are organizing a conference to be held on Tuesday, 2nd of December in Brussels, which aims at advancing the dialogue on the LED approach and at discussing the thematic lines to be addressed by the Forum. The event will be hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU in Brussels.

In view of a wider participation of actors and in order to facilitate a reflection and share of experiences and practices from the territories from all the continents, the event will bring together all European and international stakeholders keen on promoting the dialogues on LED initiative through exchanging their respective knowledge, experiences and visions in the context of local economic development tools and strategies. Within the tradition of the Forum’s process, the event will also be an opportunity to foster concrete partnerships and enhanced coordination of LED related initiatives and agendas. 


We would be most pleased to count with your participation in this event. If interested, please write to for details.