CLGF is calling on councils in the UK and elsewhere to show their support for their counterparts 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.
CLGF welcomes the recent announcement of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on 19 July to help localise the post-2015 development agenda. The outcomes document highlights the role of cities, sustainable development, building accountable and inclusive institutions amongst other key areas.
Hosting major sporting events, such as the Commonwealth Games, Olympics or World Cup, can help boost a city's economy and global image according to a report released by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. The report, Sporting events building local communities, released at a reception hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, the Rt Hon Sadie Docherty at the City Chambers on 16 July in Glasgow.
The CLGF Board has called for new CLGF programmes to focus on localising the new SDGs and looks to development partners and governments to establish a new post-2015 global fund to implement the SDGs. This was one of the key outcomes at the CLGF Board meeting, hosted by Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Hon Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, and chaired by Mayor Lawrence Yule, in Abuja on 12-13 June.
Local governments in West Africa need improved capacity to deliver services, according to participants at a CLGF West Africa symposium hosted by the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs in Abuja, Nigeria on 10 June.
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