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Conference enews
Click here to view online: CLGC 2015 enews Vision for local government for the next 15 years For local government to play its full role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, it needs to be empowered, capacities need to be reinforced, governance strengthened and citizens should be more engaged in the democratic process, according to delegates who participated in the 2015 Commonwealth Local Government Conference. Delegates called on CLGF to develop a 15 year strategy for local government focusing on supporting its members in developing and implementing modalities to localise the SDGs. In the conference statement,...

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CLGC 2015 special enews
Click here to view online: [ [ WEBVIEWLINKURL ] ] CLGC2015 special enews STOP press On-site registration starts at 2pm on 15 June, Monday The on-site registration and issuing of badges will open at 2pm Monday at the GICC lobby. Please ensure that you register online and pay before hand to get your conference badge on arrival and avoid long queues on the day. Register now [ https://www.cvent.com/events/commonwealth-local-government-conference-2015/registration-7a7456d65b9a41a8924127af31399eaa.aspx ] Inauguration ceremony will be at 9am on 16 June, Tuesday Please note that the official conference inauguration starts at 9am on 16 June (instead of 5.30pm as originally scheduled). Delegates will...

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CLGF enews: April 2015
Click here to view online: CLGF enews - April 2015 Secretary-General’s blog The growing need to localise resources When they met in Abuja last year, the CLGF Board gave in-depth consideration to the current UN negotiations on the post- 2015 development agenda and the new Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals, the MDGs in 2015. One of the key issues identified was that as well ‘localising’ the SDGs, it was essential to ‘localise the resources’, so that local government has the necessary financial and other capacity to implement the development goals. This, and...

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CLGF enews: February 2015
Click here to view online: CLGF e-news - February 2015 Secretary-General’s blog Celebrating CLGF’s 20th anniversary 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of CLGF since its formal establishment in 1995 and formal endorsement by Commonwealth Heads of Government when they met in Auckland that year. Although ambitious in its aims and political outreach right from its inception, CLGF developed from small beginnings and limited capacity, inspired by what was then a new global emphasis on bringing about decentralisation and holding multi-party local democratic elections. Find out more http://www.clgf.org.uk/celebrating-clgfs-20th-anniversary/ CLGF news Conference registration is open! Delegate registration for the 2015 Commonwealth...

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CLGF enews Oct-Nov 2014
Click here to view online: CLGF e-news October 2014 SG’s blog Gaborone 2015: Local Government Agenda 2030 CLGF’s 20th anniversary conference will be held in Gaborone, Botswana from 15-19 June 2015 with the overall theme ‘Local Government Agenda 2030’. The outcomes of the conference will be submitted to Commonwealth Heads of Government when they meet later in 2015 in Malta. The 2015 Conference will seek to identify the key challenges facing mayors, ministers and officials in the next 15 years: in ensuring accountable, transparent and participatory democratic practices, in promoting economic growth and technological innovation and in developing inclusive...

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CLGF enews September 2014
Click here to view online: CLGF e-news September 2014 CLGF news Habitat III should reflect post-2015 localisation There is a substantial international consensus on the need to localise the post-2015 development agenda and this should be reflected in the preparations for Habitat III, said CLGF chairperson Mayor Lawrence Yule speaking at the opening consultation session of local and regional governments with the Secretary-General of UN Habitat III on 15 September. The meeting took place in a series of events involving local and regional governments as part of the Habitat III prepcom, which Mayor Yule and CLGF Secretary-General Carl Wright...

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Appeal to help council dealing with Ebola
22 August 2014 To CLGF members Dear member Calling for support for councils dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone CLGF is calling on members in the UK and elsewhere to show their support for councils in Sierra Leone as the Ebola crisis deepens. The effects of the epidemic are being felt acutely by local governments and have already had a devastating effect on the economy. Councils in Sierra Leone, who have responsibility for waste, cemeteries and crematoria and consumer protection, are at the forefront of dealing with the disease and sensitisation campaigns. There have been at least 810 cases of...

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CLGF enews July 2014
Click here to view online: CLGF enews - July 2014 Secretary-General’s blog Games help boost city growth With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, over 6,500 athletes from 71 nations are competing in 17 sports from 23 July - 3 August in Glasgow. The 2014 Games have offered Scotland a remarkable opportunity to promote both the country and the city throughout the Commonwealth and the wider world. The Commonwealth Local Government Forum congratulates the City of Glasgow, the Scottish Government and people for hosting this magnificent gathering and associated events. Spending on sporting and other events can sometimes be...

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CLGF enews June 2014
Click here to view online: CLGF enews - June 2014 Secretary-General's blog Practical solidarity and peace-building CLGF has just concluded a highly successful annual Board meeting and associated events, in Abuja, hosted by our Nigerian Board member, Hon Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, federal Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs. Alongside this, we held two other important events: a west African meeting which coincided with the imminent opening of our new CLGF regional programme office in Accra, Ghana, and an important national local government conference for Nigeria, held in cooperation with UNDP. The Board also took part in high-level...

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CLGF enews May 2014
CLGF enews May 2014 CLGF news Pacific Local Government Forum 2014 opens in PNG More than 100 local government leaders from eleven countries in the Pacific region have come together in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for the 3rd Pacific Local Government Forum (PLGF) that runs from 19-23 May. PLGF 2014 Pacific Futures – Building our Local Communities aims to demonstrate and encourage local innovation and leadership within the region’s local government sector through peer learning and exchanges of good practices and ideas. http://www.clgf.org.uk/news/pacific-local-government-forum-2014-opens-in-png/ CLGF Board to meet in Abuja The CLGF 2014 Board meeting will be held in Abuja,...

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CLGF enews April 2014
CLGF enews - April 2014 SG’s blog Local government in small states 2014 is both the Year of Developmental Local Government and the International Year of Small Island Developing States. A majority of Commonwealth and CLGF members in particular are in small states, especially small island states. These countries have their own geographical, environmental and social challenges: are often vulnerable to natural disasters, climate change and frequently exhibit limited economic opportunities, weak governance structures and outward migration of skilled staff. In some cases where a country consists of a number of islands some of the remote ones are difficult to...

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Localising the SDGs, focus for LED in Africa and a lot more
CLGF enews – February 2014 CLGF SG's blog Celebrating ‘Team Commonwealth’ On Monday 10 March, the annual Commonwealth Day celebrations will take place in our 53 member states worldwide. In London, CLGF will as usual be participating in the multi-faith service held at Westminster Abbey in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth, Head of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Commonwealth High Commissioners and other dignitaries. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the multi-cultural nature of the Commonwealth family and will be paralleled by many celebrations elsewhere, not least by local communities, civil society and the coming generation - our...

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CLGF enews January 2014
CLGF enews - January 2014 Secretary General’s blog 2014 Year of Developmental Local Government A key proposal coming from the 2013 CLGF Conference in Kampala was that 2014 should be designated as the Year of Developmental Local Government or #Y2014DevLG for Twitter users, so as to highlight the central role played by local government in economic and social development. This was also designed to encourage follow-up to the conference by CLGF members, as agreed and set out in our Kampala Declaration on Developmental Local Government and Munyonyo Statement on Local Government’s Role in the Post-2015 development agenda. We were delighted...

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CLGF Enews December
CLGF e-news Enews Dec 13 CLGF news Local government gets high level mandate at CHOGM The 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), held in Colombo from 15-17 November, formally recognised the role which local government can play in enhancing the exercise of democratic governance and promoting economic development. Commonwealth leaders endorsed local government’s role in the post-2015 development agenda as set out in the outcomes of the recent CLGF Kampala conference. Mayor Yule said, “The high level mandate given to developmental local...

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CLGF - CHOGM Communique
Dear colleagues Please find attached a CLGF media release commenting on the very positive 2013 CHOGM outcomes from the point of view of CLGF, agreed by our Chairperson Mayor Lawrence Yule. Link here: http://www.clgf.org.uk/news/commonwealth-leaders-recognise-local-governments-role-in-development/ You may recall that our core aim was to get endorsement of the CLGF 2015 Kampala outcomes by CHOGM and this has not only been achieved, but considerably exceeded. You will also be pleased to learn that the CLGF delegation at CHOGM, composed of Mayor Yule, Mayor Hilmy and myself had very successful and high level interactions in Colombo. While the CHOGM decisions referred to were...

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CLGF Enews October: Local government peace-building, good practice twinning and technological innovations
CLGF e-news SECRETARY-GENERAL'S BLOG: TERRORISM AND URBAN CRISIS RESPONSIVENESS                                            The appalling and callous terrorist attack in Nairobi has highlighted the vulnerability of our big cities to external threat, be it man-made insurgency or natural disasters. Given moreover that 80 per cent of the world's population now live within 50 miles of the sea, changing environmental and climatic factors are increasingly likely to...

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August/September Enews
Enews Aug/Sept 2013 Local government peace-building, good practice twinning and technological innovations Local government peace-building in post-conflict states Many Commonwealth countries have gone through a period of conflict and many remain within the category of vulnerable states, whose economic, social and, above all, political systems require long term consolidation and stability. Post-conflict situations exist in different degrees in CLGF member countries as diverse as Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and the Solomon Islands as well as Northern Ireland; outside the Commonwealth, they also include Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Myanmar/Burma, where CLGF has some on-going engagement. In July I...

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Engaging Sri Lanka, new regional projects and a lot more
========================================================== CLGF news Sri Lanka: Engagement not boycott - Carl Wright, Secretary-General, CLGF Recent months have seen widespread discussion about the merits of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held in Sri Lanka. Today many campaigners and Commonwealth civil society bodies are arguing that Sri Lanka is facing a human rights crisis, instigated by President Rajapaksa and his government. They feel that that by going to Colombo in November, Commonwealth leaders are endorsing this situation and there are certainly worrying developments in the country since the end of the decades long civil war in 2009: no provincial elections...

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2013 conference enews
Carl's blog Putting local government at the heart of development Despite some progress in tackling poverty and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), citizens are increasingly frustrated by the high levels of hunger, poverty, unemployment and poor economic, social and environmental infrastructure. At the same time, governments are having difficulties in meeting these demands because they lack the resources, and are removed from local needs. Addressing this calls for a new way of doing things, a new approach to development that puts localism to the fore, one that focuses on democratic local governance, local resources and social capital. This approach...

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CLGF e-news - February 2013
CLGF E-news February 2013 ================================================================= CLGF news ================================================================= What is local government’s role in development? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lG2BsYSxzk&feature=youtu.be How can Commonwealth local governments have a more developmental approach to put people at the heart of development? The 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference www.clgc2013.org will look at decentralisation as a strategy for ensuring that development meets the needs of local communities. The conference will be opened by the President of Uganda, HE Yoweri Museveni. It will provide an opportunity to meet and hear high-profile keynote speakers including UNDP Administrator Rt Hon Helen Clark, UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr Joan Clos, East African Community...

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