Webinar: Actions for the Immediate Response and the Generation of Employment and Sustainable Local Economic Activity from Local Governments

When: 30 April 2020

Where: Online

Apply by: Registration open

As part of the series of Live Learning Experiences, this thematic virtual session will focus on providing

measures to boost employment generation and sustainable local economic activity as a key challenge

faced by cities during and after the outbreak.

In the current scenario, the ILO’s new global estimates indicate that working hours will decline by 6.7 per

cent in the second quarter of 2020, which is equivalent to 195 million full-time workers. The final tally of

annual job losses in 2020 will depend critically on the evolution of the pandemic and the measures taken

to mitigate its impact.

The multilateral organizations and world banks, the European Union, the states and the LRGs are adopting

promptly answers and they are preparing for "the day after" with economic stimulus measures.

Local governments are key for the implementation of local policies for economic reactivation and

promotion of employment, in coordination with the rest of public and private social agents and knowledge

management actors of the territory.


15.00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

• Emilia Saiz, UCLG Secretary General

• Maimunah Modh Shariff, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive

Director of UN-Habitat

• Sangheon Lee, ILO Director of Employment Policy Department

15.20 Moderated roundtable one: The impact of the outbreak. Challenges for local economy and

employment and mitigation responses

Facilitated by Emilio Rabasco Jiménez Program Manager at the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities

for International Solidarity (FAMSI)

o Njabulo Sithebe, Premier’s Special Economic Advisor Gauteng region, South Africa

o Dave Smith, Head of Sheffield City Region, United Kingdom

o Carolina Durán, Secretary of Economic Development Bogota Municipality, Colombia

o Onur Eryüce, Mayor Advisor Izmir Municipality, Turkey

o Darko Mrvaljevic, Councilor of Danilovgrad Municipality, Montenegro

15.50 Live consultation employment, key sectors, changes on cooperation and LED

15.55 Moderated roundtable two: Moving forward. How can LRG contribute to boost economic

activity and employment in their territories? Proposals to strengthen the role of LRGs in policy


Facilitated by Emilia Saiz, UCLG Secretary General

o Juan Espadas Cejas, Mayor of Seville, Spain - FAMSI- UCLG DESL Committee

o Victor Everhardt, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Municipality, Nederland

o Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor of Chefchaouen, Morocco

o Laxmi Karhadkar, Mayor of Panchgani, India

o Josep Mayoral Antigas, Mayor of Granollers, Spain

o Garth Frizell, Councillor, Prince George, B.C. and FCM 1st Vice-President

o Ufa Municipality, Russia - tbc

16.40 Wrap-Up: Some strategic lines with a territorial approach

Facilitated by Andrea Agostinucci, Local Economic Development Advisor at United Nations

Development Program - UNDP ART and Pierre Martinot-Lagarde, Conseiller Special at

International Labour Organization (ILO)

16.50 Closing remarks

Facilitated by Emilia Saiz, UCLG Secretary General


The live learning experience will take place via Zoom. Please use this link:


Meeting ID: 825 6177 1988

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