Local government must be empowered, capacities need to be reinforced, governance strengthened and citizens should be more engaged in the democratic process, if they are to play their full part in delivering the SDGs; this is the vision for local governement delivered by delegates at the 2015 Commonwealth Local Government Conference which ended on 19 June. Delegates called on the CLGF to develop a 15 year strategy for supporting its members to achieve the vision.
The President addressed an audience of some 500 delegates from across the Commonwealth as well as invited local dignitaries at the Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC) in Botswana.
As a member of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments for Post-2015 Agenda (GTF) and Habitat III, CLGF participated in UN Habitat’s PrepCom II in Nairobi, Kenya on14-16 April to input the local and regional governments perspective into the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) that will take place in October 2016.
The second international conference on local government took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 27-28 March that highlighted the role of local governments and associations in socio-economic development. Organised by Municipal Association of Bangladesh (MAB), the conference discussed the theme Engaging people, promoting good governance.
The fourth Pacific Urban Forum concluded with a strong call to find sustainable solutions to the challenges of urbanisation and its impact on towns, cities and urban centres in the Pacific region.
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