Brazil, as the host country of the II World Forum of Local Economic Development, has been represented during the opening ceremony of the Forum by the Minister of Casa Civil Gleisi Hoffmann, where 3000 people gathered together in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, to discuss about local economic development. Among other speakers also the General Director of Itaipu binational for Brazil and Paraguay, the president of SEBRAE and of FAMSI.
The II World Forum was inaugurated by high level representatives, including the Minister Chief of Staff of Brazil (Minister of Casa Civil), Ms. Gleisi Hoffmann, and the UNDP Associate Administrator, Ms. Rebeca Grynspan; the former President of the Federal Republic of Brazil, Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, participated in the final plenary session, closing the event.
The Forum was attended by 4.300 delegates of local and national authorities, as well as social and economic actors of the territories, representatives of universities, unions, and of the private sector; they represented 67 countries from 4 continents. Delegations of global networks of local authorities, as UCLG and FOGAR, United Nations Agencies, as UN Women, ILO, FAO, UNCDF and UNV, and international organizations, as OECD and IADB, also attended.
Governments and subnational governments' representatives, CSOs, Local Economic Development Agencies' representatives, decentralized cooperation actors, universities and UN Agencies discussed about the key elements for a good local governance, which promotes and facilitates a local economic development.
A special focus was given to the key role played by women, in facing current challenges and as actors, who can concretely contribute to local economic development.
Among many other discussions, it has been underlined the importance of putting in place LED planning and strategies, linking and aligning the national policies with local efforts.
Presidents of Local Economic Development Agencies have also presented the role played by their Agencies in facilitating innovation, and specifically in fostering the emergence of the territory and sustaining the mechanisms that local actors rely on to enhance their individual and collective dynamic capabilities in a multi-level governance framework.
The II World Forum of Local Economic Development, co-organized by the Brazilian Itaipu Binacional/Technological Park of Itaipu, SEBRAE, FAMSI, UCLG, FOGAR and UNDP was held from October 29th to November 1st and was organized in three plenary sessions and forty-four panels, the Forum enabled a truly effective sharing of innovative practices.
This includes practices and policies for creating employment opportunities for young people, facilitating cross-border cooperation, promoting LED in a post-conflict/conflict prevention perspective.
LED is conceived as a strategic and critical tool, necessary to achieve the expected results of development at the local, national and global level.