“Local Autorithies Towards 2030: Dialogues between development actors” is the theme of the seminar organized by the project Networking for Development: global learning for an effective development cooperation, that will be a forum to share, learn, reflect and exchange policies, ideas and practices where each and every one can indeed contribute to ensure that the Local Authority development strategy is inclusive, participatory and effective. The seminar will take between 3rd and 4th November 2016, at Calouste Gulbenkian Foudation, in Lisbon.
Whether or not aware of the challenges and opportunities faced by societies today and in the near future, we agree upon the key role of networking and partnership. Ensure an assertive, innovative and efficient response to the social, economic and environmental transformation necessary for a more just, inclusive and dignified world is possible only when the development actors align their potential.
The latest international projections foresee that by 2030, 60% of the world population will be living in urban areas. This reality will require a change in the current socioeconomic, cultural and environmental paradigms. Against this backdrop, the role of municipalities as key actors in development and cooperation issues is of the utmost importance to strength the three pillars of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental.
Local Authorities – key actors in the development process – with strong responsibilities in the promotion of the wellbeing of their communities, have the power to give strong and effective responses to these challenges. However, the answer to local communities cannot be dissociated from global realities, requiring “glocal” strategies and approaches.
Partnerships between civil society and local authorities have clearly added value to development processes and are crucial to the convergence of efforts towards poverty eradication, education for all, gender equality, health, economic and environmental sustainability.
Exchange experiences, good practices, listening and sharing will provide a response to one of the main challenges that our territories face today: the promotion of equality, human rights and sustainability.
So, we believe that this seminar will be a forum to share, learn, reflect and exchange policies, ideas and practices where each and everyone can indeed contribute to ensure that the Local Authority development strategy is inclusive, participatory and effective.