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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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CLGF Pacific e-Bulletin Issue 4/2012
e-Bulletin Issue 4/2012 IN THIS ISSUE - CLGF Conducting of M&E baselines in selected countries, Ongoing - M&E Training Workshop, TBD (First Quarter 2013) ======================================================= Upcoming Events - PLGF Forum 2012, Honiara, Solomon Islands - Funding Leadership Opportunities for Women (FLOW) workshop - Pacific Capital Cities Meeting, Honiara, Solomon islands - Pacific Housing Workshop - Country-wide participation in a Gender in Local Government training program in PNG - Australian Sister Cities Conference ======================================================= Pacific Local Government Forum 2012, Honiara, Solomon Islands CLGF Pacific hosted the 2nd Pacific Local Government Forum (PLGF) together with the Solomon Island Ministry of Provincial Government...

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CLGF e-news - December 2012
CLGF E-news December 2012 ================================================================= CLGF news ================================================================= ICN meets in Trinidad The City of Port of Spain hosted the latest meeting of CLGF’s Inclusive Cities Network (ICN). In Port of Spain representatives from Canada, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, and the UK shared ideas and good practices on ways in which cities can best support their growing youth populations, engage them effectively in the work of the council and provide the necessary services to ensure that they can play a meaningful role in the community. SALGA and CLGF sign MoU CLGF and the South African...

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Research Colloquium 2013
Dear Colleague, Invitation and call for abstracts We invite you to participate in the next Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) Research Colloquium which will take place from 10am on Monday 13 May to 4pm Tuesday 14 May 2013. The main information page for the colloquium is www.clgc2013.org/clgf-research-colloquium The colloquium will be hosted by the Uganda Management Institute (www.umi.ac.ug) as part of the Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2013. The theme of the colloquium will be ‘Which way forward for local government?: capacity building, local economic development and inclusiveness’ The colloquium provides a unique opportunity for: * Presentation and discussion of research papers...

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CLGF e-news - November 2012
CLGF E-news November 2012 ================================================================= CLGF news ================================================================= New four-year programme gets DFID funding CLGF Chairperson Mayor Lawrence Yule and Secretary-General Carl Wright signed an MOU with the UK Department for International Development during the recent Executive Committee in London. The MOU follow the agreement on a £4.5 million four-year programme funded by DFID (UKAID) to improve governance and service delivery at local level in several areas of the Commonwealth including Africa and Asia from 2012-16. It will also help to support national policy frameworks for local government service delivery, and increase engagement of local government in regional policy...

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CLGF Pacific e-Bulletin Issue 3/2012
e-Bulletin Issue 3/2012 IN THIS ISSUE - Cook Islands Women's Forum - Upcoming PLGF 2012, Honiara, Solomon Islands - Kiribati Mayoral Elections - CLGF Tonga Mission - Sister Cities (An excerpt), From the GPS Scheme - CLGF Samoa Mission ======================================================= Upcoming Events - UNHABITAT and CLGF Housing Workshop, 23-25 October, Nadi, Fiji - Pacific Local Government Forum (PLGF), 4-9 November, 2012, Honiara, Solomon Islands - Pacific Capital Cities Forum (PCCF), 8 November, 2012, Honiara, Solomon Islands - CLGF Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Meeting, 8 November, 2012, Honiara, Solomon Islands ======================================================= Cook Islands Women's Forum About 100 local women gathered at...

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CLGF e-news - October 2012
CLGF E-news October 2012 ================================================================= CLGF news ================================================================= Inaugural meeting of the East African Local Government Forum The inaugural meeting of the East African Local Government Forum was held at the Impala Hotel, Arusha, from 24-25 September. The Forum comprises of a network of key players and stakeholders from local and central government involved in promoting decentralisation who wish to work together to ensure decentralisation is effective, to recognise the important role of local government and partners in development, and improve local service delivery in the Eastern African Community (EAC) region. CLGF, UCLG-Africa and partners in the region have...

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CLGF e-news September 2012
============================================================== CLGF e-news September 2012 ================================================================= CLGF news ================================================================= CLGF at World Urban Forum 6 ================================================================= CLGF Secretary-General Carl Wright attended the sixth World Urban Forum in Naples from 1-7 September. Organised jointly by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the City of Naples, the theme for this year's meeting was ‘The Urban Future’. Address by CLGF was presented by CLGF board member Hon Dr Didas Massaburi, President, Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania at the Mayors’ Roundtable on ‘Local Leadership in Planning and Managing Future Cities’. During the Forum, the Secretary-General met with senior representatives...

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CLGF e-news August 2012
CLGF E-news August 2012 ================================================================= CLGF news ================================================================= Local government workshop in Trinidad & Tobago Local government officials from across the Caribbean were recently in Port of Spain, Trinidad to attend the ARIAL Regional Workshop for local government practitioners and elected officials. The workshop, organised by the University of West Indies (UWI) in collaboration with CLGF and the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA), was held from 18-20 July. Among those in attendance were senior CLGF Board and CALGA members including: CALGA President Cllr Philip McPhee; Mayor Orlando Nagessar, Chairman Trinidad & Tobago Association of Local Government Authorities;...

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