OECD Local Development Forum 15-17 June 2022, Cork, Ireland

Beyond COVID-19, broader shifts such as the green transition, digitalisation and demographic change are fundamentally changing the communities where people work, live and play. What innovative approaches are communities taking to ensure that all places and people are able to emerge stronger, together? Join us in Cork, to reflect on how to improve the quality of local jobs, better leverage community assets and expand economic opportunities and inclusion to create places where all can thrive.


It’s time to emerge from behind our screens

What is the 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.

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Why attend the Annual Conference?

The 2019 annual conference of the Forum brought together over 300 participants who took away new insights on:

  • How are the skills needs of firms (especially SMEs) changing due to automation and digitalisation?
  • How can regions and cities promote lifelong learning and engage those who are either unemployed or not seeking employment?
  • How can social innovation help to advance local development opportunities while building sustainable and enabling labour markets?

Past Conferences

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