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CLGF enews April 2016
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CLGF enews March 2016
If you have trouble viewing this email, you may view our online version by clicking here: Commonwealth Local Government Forum 16a Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5AP Tel: +44 (0)20 7389 1490 Fax: +44 (0)20 7389 1499 Email: enews@clgf.org.uk Disclaimer: CLGF e-news is compiled by the CLGF communications team. Information is collected from articles sent in by members and other sources. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the policies and opinions of CLGF. CLGF www.clgf.org.uk CLGF respects your privacy. If you wish to unsubscribe from this email please click here [[AUTOUNSUBSCRIBELINKURL]]

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CLGF enews February 2016
If you have trouble viewing this email, you may view our online version by clicking here: Secretary-General’s blog CLGF’s agenda for 2016 CLGF's core objective for 2016 will be to maintain and expand further CLGF’s own structures and local government network, including its active presence and programme in support of its members in all regions of the Commonwealth. This means sustaining the current regional programmes offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and, as planned, starting a new programme and office in the Caribbean. CLGF will need to successfully conclude new funding agreements with key partners, both existing and...

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CLGF enews December 2015 - CHOGM Special
If you have trouble viewing this email, you may view our online version by clicking here: Secretary-General's blog Malta and Paris: key milestones The 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta was a milestone summit for the Commonwealth. Malta achieved many of its aims, adopting a Leaders' Statement and Communiqué focussed on climate change, migration, combatting extremism, human rights, supporting small states and implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also took some practical steps such as confirming the establishment of a Small States Centre of Excellence. A new Secretary-General was selected - Rt Hon Patricia Scotland,...

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CLGF enews: Think global, act local | New Sustainable Cities Network | Revenue management
Click here to view online: CLGF e-news – October 2015 Think global, act local | New Sustainable Cities Network | Commonwealth as a whole Secretary-General’s blog The UN 2030 Agenda: leaving no one behind In late September I had the privilege of attending meetings of the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments in New York, coinciding with the UN Summit which adopted the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development including the new Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs. This included taking part in a number of key events including a high level discussion alongside the Presidents of Mongolia, the...

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CLGF enews
Click here to view online: CLGF e-news – August 2015 Response to migration crisis | Localising SDGs | Councillor training in Southern Africa | LED in the Pacific Secretary-General’s blog The right response to the migration and refugee crisis Much political attention is focussed on the growing migration and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, the US-Mexican border and elsewhere. Short term coordinated international actions – not defamatory statements by politicians - need to be urgently agreed to deal with the acute human issues involved and support those struggling host countries, mainly in...

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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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