II World Forum of Local Economic Development
The II World Forum of Local Economic Development, co-organised 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 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 Inácio 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.

Organized in three plenary sessions and forty-four panels, the Forum enabled a truly effective sharing of innovative practices, which various countries around the world use within the field of local economic development, in different thematic areas. 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, as well considering the cultural heritage, the role played by the universities, the use of natural resources (e.g. water) and the production of renewable energies, among many other subjects, which consider local economic development as a common denominator: LED is conceived as a strategic and critical tool, necessary to achieve the expected results of development at the local, national and global level.
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