The World Forum of Local Economic Development (WFLED) is an international event held annually to promote international dialogue and share experiences in Local Economic Development (LED), providing the opportunity to transform a global alliance of actors in concrete partnership at the country and local level. It also aims at encouraging concrete cooperation and promoting joint actions that can help landing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the local level. With the impact of the COVID19 pandemic, the WFLD comes as an important channel to support the socio-economic recovery of the territories. In this regards, the WFLED is an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences in LED in order to respond effectively to the crisis and its consequences.
This year, the WFLED will take place virtually from 26th May to 1st June 2021. The event is hosted by Cordoba, Argentina, and co-organized with the Government of Cabo Verde, the global network of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI), the Organization of United Regions (ORU FOGAR), the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE), Municipality and Metropolitan City of Turin, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The forum will delve into three main thematic areas:
- The territory as a basis for social, economic, and environmental innovation
- Territorial economic models to tackle inequality in the wake of the current Covid-19 crisis
- The future of work and the crisis generated by the Covid-19
The ILO is actively engaged in the thematic line on decent work and LED that includes:
- Fragile-to-fragile cooperation;
- Formalization of the informal economy,
- Social and Solidarity Economy
- City-to-City cooperation.
You can also visit the webiste here and discover the thematics of the 5th WFLED.