The precedent and main referent of the Local Innovation Agenda (LIA) is the Digital Local Agenda (DLA).
At the World Summit on the Information Society held in Geneva and Tunis in 2003 and 2005 respectively, Local Authorities participated for the first time in a Summit promoted by de United Nations. The DLA emerges as the most important contribution of the II World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities on the Information Society held in November 2005 in Bilbao. In the Bilbao Declaration the DLA is defined as:
“…a common strategy for the development of the Information Society, a project shared with citizens that responds to their needs and hopes, which bears in mind the socio-economic, cultural and institutional specifics of each city or region and contributes to the reinforcement of policies and actions aimed at achieving sustainable development (economic growth, culture and identity, social cohesion, environment) and which will benefit greater development for the cities or regions' citizens, especially for the most disadvantaged groups.”
“… it must be based in a wide concept and do not be limited to the reproduction of the eAdministration model, but it will locate the Local Administration at the centre of a node of interrelations…/… wide scope…/… being its objective to develop all the spheres that integrate the Information Society”.
The Basque Public Institutions, whose participation at the World Summit was really active, continue with the cooperation with the main international platforms that promote the DLA at the international level.
In this context, in May 2010 EISCO 2010 was held in Bilbao; the most important European conference dedicated to the local and regional governments in the Information Society. In this occasion, the conference was organized by EUDEL (Basque Association of Municipalities), along with ELANET.
The main contribution that EUDEL brought to EISCO 2010 was the Local Innovation Agenda (LIA); an initiative that emphasizes the development of the innovation abilities of the local institutions and the territory itself, having ICTs as a key-element.
For further information, please visit the following website: www.digitallocalagenda.org