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The UN deputy secretary-general and global deputy director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Rebecca Grynspan, the director of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Alfredo Lazarte, and the director of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and development (OECD), Rolf Alter, are among the leading authorities participating of the 2nd World Forum on Local Economic Development, to be held in Foz do Iguaçu next week (between October 29 and November 1).

The event, which is the largest international forum for the discussion of one of the major strategies advocated by the UN for the generation of employment and income (development with focus on territory), will also be attended by ministers from nine countries and Brazilian authorities such as former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Chief of Staff, Gleisi Hoffmann.

In all, there will be about 3000 participants from 60 countries. Several issues related to local economic development, as the formulation of decentralized development public policies, creating a scenario conducive to dialogue between public and private institutions, corporate social responsibility and commitment to the territory, the role of development agencies, South-South cooperation, solidarity economy, gender equality, among others, will be present in 44 plenary and thematic tables of which 300 speakers will participate.

This meeting is the result of a UNDP partnership with the Andalusian Municipalities Forum for International Solidarity (FAMSI), Itaipu and Sebrae. A major goal of the forum is to assist in the formulation of public policies and make sure the theme of local development becomes part of the agenda of state and local governments, businesses and institutions that have the ability to influence the economic direction of a territory.

In addition to the aforementioned organizations and governments, the event will bring together representatives of various education and research institutions in Brazil and abroad, such as the Universities of Florence (Italy) Saint Louis (USA) and Misiones (Argentina).

Will be presented several successful policies cases on employment and income generation with a focus on the potential for territories such as the case of the Basque Country, which in 30 years has become one of the richest regions in Spain, thanks to a strategy focused on industrial cooperatives, education and technology development.

For its part, Itaipu will present several experiments that have contributed to the development of the western region of Paraná, such as encouraging sustainable production in agriculture, which resulted in the formation of several cooperatives, the work done along the gatherers of recyclable materials, power generation projects from renewable sources, the experience of the Itaipu Technological Park as a vector for regional development and the promotion of women through gender equality policies.