The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) today announced that the 2015 Commonwealth Local Government Conference will be held in Gaborone, Botswana on 16-19 June 2015 in partnership with the Botswana Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA). The conference is held every two years and 2015 will be the first time it has been held in Botswana.
Local government experts met in Edinburgh on 28-29 October to look at devolution and decentralisation challenges faced by councils in European countries that are part of the Commonwealth.
Local government stakeholders from across South Asia are meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, today (29 September) to look at good practice on approaches to local economic development and strengthen the regional network so that local governments can boost their voice in the region.
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.
Finance for local governments and localising resources is a key priority for Habitat III and localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.
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