Follow the UCLG participation at 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development live!


From 17 to 20 October 2017 the city of Praia (Cape Verde), hosts the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development (World LED Forum). UCLG is participating as organizing partner together with other partner organizations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ORU-FOGAR, ILO and FAMSI. Around 2000 participants from 120 countries gather together to take part in the discussions.


  • This year focuses on the contributions of Local Economic Development to the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda, and especially, highlights the potential of the local economic development model(s) in implementing SDG8 and SDG17.
  • The World Forum on Local Economic Development is a biannual event established as a platform for active exchanges and discussions to achieve more inclusive and sustainable cities and the role-played by local and regional governments to achieve this goal. 

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Highlights of local and regional governments in Praia

► Day 1  | Tuesday 17 October | A vision for a locally rooted economic development
► Day 2  | Wednesday 18 October | A determining role in integrating informal economy
► Day 3  | Thursday 19 October |
► Day 4  | Friday 20 October | Urban strategic planning and local economic development

The programme of the Forum is structured around 7 axes. UCLG is the coordinator of Axis 6: Inclusive and sustainable urbanisation patterns, which included the organisation of one Policy Dialogue and 5 panel sessions, covering sub-topics such as informal economy, intermediary and insular cities, circular economy and sustainable financing mechanisms.
UCLG further plays an active role in the learning activities on localizing and circular economy games on waste management.

The debates devolve around four main thematic areas:

A) Sustainable urbanisation and local economic development: challenges and opportunities for local and regional governments; 
B) Informal economy, between regularisation and access in transition phases;
C) The potential of circular economies;
D) LED in fragile and conflict-related settings

Day 1 | A vision for a locally rooted economic development

On Tuesday 17 October, a learning workshop on “localizing SDGs” was organized by UCCI, FLACMA, Mercociudades, Proyecto AL-LAS in partnership with UCLG Africa and UNDP. This training session entitled Learning on Localizing SDGs: dialogue between networks from Latin America and Africa” aimed to exchange good practices on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to replicate this methodology with local associations, NGOs and other multilevel actors. 

After the workshop, President of UCLG, Parks Tau, attended the UCLG Working Group on Local Economic Development together with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Fund of Andalusia Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI) to discuss the work plan and structure, as well as the priorities of the Committee members. The agenda towards and after the UCLG World Council December meetings in Hangzhou was also discussed, as well as the different visions of local economic development in the different regions. 

“We are particularly proud of the leadership demonstrated but the Andalusian Municipal Fund FAMSI and the Canadian Federation of Municipalities for putting this topic at heart of our policy and learning agenda.” Parks Tau, President of UCLG 

Later in the day the Opening Ceremony took place where Parks Tau, President of UCLG, highlighted the challenge to continuing empowering local authorities to make them ready to deliver accountable and effective governance to ensure that development is inclusive and sustainable. 

"We dedicated this FORUM, not only to exchanges on our experiences but also to promote a new international narrative leading to development of concrete political and policy frameworks for building a locally rooted, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.”  Parks Tau, President of UCLG

Jorge Carlos Fonseca, President of Cape Verde, also addressed the audience adding, “The state government should not limited to give resources but should facilitate that the concerns of local actors are leaded into programs for sustainable development. This includes testing and monitoring policies to consider the opportunities and the right to personal realization and quality of life”.

The day closed with the Interactive Panel Inclusive and sustainable economies as tools to transform inequalities and inequities – A view between Latin America and Africawhere participants engaged in interactive discussions with the audience.

Parks Tau, said "informal economy and taxation should be progressively formally framed in order to improve the economy in African and Latin American municipalities”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cape Verde Luis Felipe Tavares, added “addressing inequalities it is not only about creating more jobs, we must consider other possible solutions as the internationalization to end national imbalances”

Don’t miss the other sessions on the programme!

  • Policy dialogue: Sustainable urbanization and local economic development: challenges and opportunities for local and regional governments
  • Plenary session: Building sustainable cities for locally-rooted investment, decent jobs, services and inclusive growth

and 4 panel sessions addressing sub-topics, such as:

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