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Commonwealth Local Government Conferences are held every two years in different regions of the Commonwealth.
The conferences bring together some 500-600 top local government policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders – including heads of government, ministers, mayors and council leaders, senior officials, and partners from development agencies, academia and civil society and the corporate and finance sectors – to discuss policy developments, share and learn about new ideas and innovative solutions and products to help councils and local governments improve their processes and services. The conferences provide a unique international opportunity for local government policy-makers and practitioners to meet and exchange ideas, information and good practice.
The next conference will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 6-9 August 2019 and the theme is - Citizen centred local government: driving inclusive social and economic change.
The 2017 Commonwealth Local Government Conference took place is Valletta, Malta from 21-24 November 2017 on the theme Fit for the future: resources and capacity for effective local government. This was the first time the conference has been held in Malta and was hosted by the Government of Malta through the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government and the Local Councils Association of Malta.
The theme of the 2015 conference was Local government 2030: achieving the vision and it focused on priorities for local government post-2015 to play its full part in development including improving local governance and effectiveness, promoting sustainable local development, and strategies for inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities. The conference was inaugurated by HE President Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana.
Six hundred local government representatives, including ministers of local government, local government leaders, senior officials, academics and representatives of civil society, the private sector, international and development partner organisations, met at the Commonwealth Local Government Conference: Developmental Local government: putting local government at the heart
of development, Kampala, May 2013, and emphasised that the voice of local government must be heard in shaping the post-2015 global development agenda.
Five hundred representatives of ministries of local government, local government
associations, local governments, NGOs, academic/research organisations,
development partners and the private sector from 51 countries met in Cardiff,
Wales, 15-18 March 2011 for the sixth Commonwealth Local Government
Conference: Energising local economies: partnerships for prosperous communities.