2024 Local Development Forum

The 2024 Conference of the OECD Local Development Forum is heading to the Greater Copenhagen Region under the theme "Building bridges, shaping tomorrow". This annual gathering is your chance to join local development practitioners, policy makers, and stakeholders to exchange insights, strategies, and innovative solutions for shaping resilient and inclusive communities of the future.

Participants will get the chance to discuss trending topics such as collaborating across borders, expanding local innovation and anticipating skills needs. They will explore strategies for transforming places and leveraging local assets to drive sustainable development. Through plenary sessions, workshops and site visits in not one but two different countries, they will discover how communities are fostering inclusive innovation ecosystems and empowering people, places and firms to thrive.

Join us in Greater Copenhagen as we build bridges and shape tomorrow together!

Forum 2024

OECD Local Development Forum | 24 September 2024 | Malmö, Sweden 25 September 2024 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Join us for the 2024 edition of the OECD Local Development Forum organised around "Building bridges, shaping the future".

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About the Local Development Annual Conference

The annual conference of the OECD Local Development Forum was created in 2004 by the OECD LEED Programme.

This 2-day event gathers partners from national government, local authorities, employment agencies, businesses and NGOs to share good practices about how employment and skills programmes are meeting employer demand and what’s being done to help people and places catch-up.

About the 2022 meeting

On 15-17 June 2022, the OECD Local Development Forum convened in Cork, Ireland. The Forum brought together over 300 local leaders, entrepreneurs, social innovators, trade unions, education and training institutions and business leaders from over 30 countries to discuss key challenges and best practices in strengthening local labour markets and learn from Cork’s unique story.

The event was opened by Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, OECD Deputy Secretary-General Jeffrey Schlagenhauf, President of the Italian National Council for Economics and Labour Tiziano Treu, and European Commission Funds Director Ruth Paserman.

During the three-day meeting organised by local bodies in Cork in partnership with the OECD, participants discussed the future prospects for labour markets, including the potential impacts of the war in Ukraine on people and local economies. Participants also considered the different spatial impacts of the green and digital transitions. 

See the highlights of the full event here and the summary of the pre-event workshop on Strategic Foresight for Local Development here.

Past Meetings

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