The Commission of Local Economic and Social Development

The Commission of Economic and Social Development is a voluntary community of local authorities, representatives of local governments and associations of local and regional governments, members of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

It is an organized group of local governments, and a group of members from different sections

of UCLG, and it has a specialized Technical Secretariat.

As a network of local and regional governments, the Commission proposes and promotes policies on social and economic development, in collaboration with other actors and based on a territorial approach.

The Commission reinforces cooperation among local governments and promotes their recognition in the construction of new models of economic and social development. It is, therefore, a tool to promote the co-responsibility of local actors for sustainable global action.

The Commission is co-chaired by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI).

The Commission contributes to the UCLG general objectives by strengthening cooperation between local governments in different regions of the world and developing content related to sustainable local economic development for social cohesion and gender equality.


Key Messages from Local Governments on LESD

In order to consolidate the messages of our leaders on the topic of local economic and social development towards the V Global Forum, the Committee launches the document “Key messages from local governments on local economic and social development" with the aim of collecting contributions that will enrich the discussion.

This publication aims to order key proposals that will encourage reflection and debate in upcoming exchange spaces, such as the V World Forum of Local Economic Development. 

It is proposed to discuss, provide ideas, concepts and proposals that will contribute to the process of reflection and commitment of local governments with sustainable economic and social development where no one is left behind.

The document is articulated in three main content axes:

1. The territory as the basis of social, economic and environmental innovation

2. Territorial economic and productive models to address inequality

3. The future of work and the work of the future from a territorial perspective.

The document is expected to be developed through a participatory process, so we encourage your contributions by e-mail to