Concluding statement from the Third World Forum on Local Economic Development

The concluding statement from the Third World Forum on Local Economic Development held in Turin (Italy) from 13-16 October, with the participation of almost 2,000 people from 130 countries, is now available.

The document reflects the debates, exchange of experiences and best practices that arose from this event, with the aim of restating a shared vision of local economic development worldwide, its promotion as an effective means for achieving sustainable development and the new global goals on sustainable development launched last September.

In the concluding statement, the Forum participants renewed their collective commitment and agreed to cooperate in ongoing dialogue and joint promotion of local economic development, to explore options to institutionalise the Forum, promote new cooperation agreements between territories and reinforce sources of skill and initiative creation in this field.

The Forum also served as an opportunity to launch a new guideline document for local economic development, based on political contributions from the UCLG working group, jointly chaired by the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The publication includes messages on the role local authorities play in developing territories, job creation and fostering urban-rural links, and the need to strengthen rural capacities and recognise the importance of urban planning strategies.