Mandate: - Decision of the Council concerning the Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) adopted at its 1106th session on 24 February 2005 [C(2004)151/REV1 and C/M(2005)5, Item 50].
- Decision of the Council concerning the Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) adopted at its 1215th session on 25 March 2010 [C(2010)39, C(2010)39/CORR1 and C/M(2010)5, Item 66]
Resolution of the Council [C(2010)39 and C/M(2010)5, Item 66]
Having regard to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960 and, in particular, Articles 1 a), 5 a), 9 and 20 thereof;
Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;
Having regard to the Financial Regulations of the Organisation;
Having regard to the Decision of the Council of 24 February 2005 concerning the Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development [C(2004)151/REV1; C/M(2005)5];
Having regard to the proposed revision of the mandate of the Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development and the opinion of the Directing Committee of the Programme [C(2010)39];
Considering that the Governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as the European Commission and the Andean Development Corporation (hereinafter referred to as the “Participants”) have formally expressed their willingness to participate in a Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development;
On the proposal of the Secretary-General;
DEFINITION OF THE PROGRAMME
a)Mission Statement: The mission of the Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development is to contribute to the creation of more and better quality jobs through more effective policy implementation, innovative practices, stronger capacities and integrated strategies at the local level.
b)Economic prosperity and social cohesion depend on the ability of our economies to generate sufficient, productive and sustainable employment, with possibilities for progression and accessibility for all. This requires a constant effort to seize opportunities offered by the global economy while capitalising on local assets. An integrated approach to local economic and employment development will be crucial, bringing together government, business and civil society. To strengthen this process, evidence-based guidance is needed, stemming from an international comparison of policies and practices across local areas in a wide range of policy and institutional contexts.
Accordingly, the main objectives of the Programme are as follows:
- To improve the quality of public policy, implemented at the local level, through continuous monitoring and assessment of current practices;
- To enhance knowledge on innovation in local economic and employment development and the renewal of local economies by developing indicators which allow for comparisons; and
- To build capacity in the design, implementation and evaluation of local economic and employment development strategies in Members and non-Members.
Composition of the Directing Committee
a)Each Participant shall appoint at least one representative to the Directing Committee. Representatives to the Directing Committee of the Programme (hereinafter referred to as the “Directing Committee”) should be chosen by virtue of their responsibilities in matters relating to Local Economic and Employment Development.
b)Participants may appoint experts to assist their representatives and the Directing Committee.
c)The Directing Committee shall appoint from among its members, a Bureau consisting of at least the Chair and two Vice-chairs.
Functions of the Directing Committee
a)Each biennium, the Directing Committee shall submit to the Council for adoption the draft programme of work and budget.
b)Each year, the Directing Committee shall submit an activity report and a financial statement to the Council.
c)The Directing Committee shall be competent to consider all questions related to the carrying out of the programme of work and budget.
Financing of Expenditure
a)The expenditure arising from the implementation of the programme of work shall be charged against the appropriations authorised for it under Part II of the Budget of the Organisation.
b)The above-mentioned appropriations shall be financed by statutory contributions paid by the Participants and voluntary contributions.
Relations with Other Institutions
In order to further the objectives of the Programme the Secretary-General may establish appropriate working relations, in agreement with a Member government, with a national institution concerned with local economic and employment development. The same arrangements may be applicable to other international organisations with a view to strengthening international co-operation in relation to local economic and employment development. Furthermore, collaboration will be pursued in areas of synergy between the Programme and other Directorates and Committees of the Organisation.
a)The Participants shall be the Members, invited non-Members and invited international organisations listed in the Preamble.
b)Any Member of the Organisation the government of which does not participate in the present Programme may join it by addressing a notification to this effect to the Secretary-General.
c)Subject to approval by the Council and the Directing Committee, non-Members and international organisations may be invited to participate in the Programme as full participants.
The mandate of the Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development shall remain in force until 31 December 2015.”