The pandemic is exacerbating the consequences of pre-existing inequalities, showing the drawbacks of a largely unbalanced and unsustainable development model, while revealing new forms of vulnerability. Responding to the crisis requires profoundly innovative and transformative solutions, to enable a transition to more resilient, inclusive, socially and environmentally sustainable societies.

The 2030 Agenda, and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), constitute a relevant framework to channel this transformative transition process, through integrated and systemic approaches.

Territories are key to this effort. The pandemic crisis itself has a strong territorial dimension. Sub-national governments (regions and municipalities) are at the forefront of crisis management and response, and face its largely asymmetric health, economic, social and fiscal impact, within countries, but also between regions and regions. local areas.

The first conclusions of the emerging good practices in the policy responses show the importance of adopting an integrated and multi-level territorial approach.

The 5th LED Forum stands out for the perspective it represents as a strategic and operational approach to localizing the SDGs. Unlike conventional economic development, LED strategies reflect the need to articulate responses adapted to the global context, but its main objective is oriented towards local, humane, inclusive and sustainable development.

With a wide corpus of practical experiences and tools, widely applied in different countries, LED can play an important role in making global objectives a reality in the territories, addressing poverty, generating employment and decent work, supporting sustainable entrepreneurship and creating partnerships. of interested parties.

The exchange of knowledge and experiences on LED can help design appropriate responses to crises and their consequences. Starting from the current context, the V World LED Forum provided the opportunity to see the potential of LED to support the transition towards a sustainable future and to analyze the role of territories in times of uncertainty.

The forum delved into three main thematic areas: