4feb08b32fc2bca59f9db42b69cd4022_XLThe 3rd World Forum of Local Economic Development (LED) will promote debate on how municipalities can introduce a sustainable economy from 2015. The panels will discuss models created by the organizers and partners of the Forum, meeting the demands of the world’s regions where the Art program operates. The event will take place between 13th and 16thOctober in Turin, Italy.

The event is organized by the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE), the Municipality and Metropolitan city 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 (FAMSI), the Organization of United Regions (ORU FOGAR), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The goal is to get representatives from local governments and from different countries to exchange existing practical experiences and discuss how they can adjust to economic reality to major contemporary challenges such as energy, hunger, unemployment, quality of life, etc.

“I believe this is the most important event of the year for local actors in the world, which aims to implement public policies for local economic development and the exchange of experiences on good practices”, said Santiago Martin Gallo, Advisor to the Brazilian Representation in Mercosul Parliament and organizer of the event, representing the National Confederation of Municipalities (CNM) of Brazil.

The program is divided into three plenary sessions with 24 panels; in parallel, there will be a workshop focused on dissemination of best practices. Local economic development, a central theme of the forum, will be approached from three main areas: a) Regional competitiveness and innovation for more sustainable and inclusive development, b) Employment localisation. Towards local inclusive growth and jobs and c) Towards sustainable urbanization. LED strategies for creating positive urban rural linkages.

This year’s Forum will bring together about 2,500 people, including officials and representatives from over 70 countries. Check here the agenda.