CLGF promotes and advocates for democratic, elected local government throughout the Commonwealth.
CLGF's policy in guiding governments and councils towards democratic values and good local governance is set out in the Aberdeen Agenda: Commonwealth principles for local democracy and good governance, agreed by its members in 2005 and endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government as part of the Commonwealth fundamental political principles.
CLGF policy on this was further developed in the CLGF Board 2009 Vancouver Statement on Strengthening Local Democracy and Good Governance and the Freeport Declaration, 2009.
CLGF represents local government at Commonwealth level, including to the Commonwealth Secretary-General and at meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government and with other Commonwealth partners. It also makes written submission to consultations and other policy development forums.
CLGF also represents members interests on the international stage, working with UNDP, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the EU APLATFORMA and other international agencies to promote the role of local government in development and support appropriate activities and events.
CLGF participates in activities such as local election monitoring to help promote democratic values and partnerships amongst spheres of government.
CLGF works with the Commonwealth Secretariat on events and publications, including workshops on decentalisation and other local government issues.