The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) is calling on Commonwealth Heads of Government to ensure a joined up Commonwealth approach to policy making and financing and ensure a greater level of cooperation between Commonwealth intergovernmental and Commonwealth Associated Organisations.
CLGF members from Europe met on 18 November at Local Government House, London hosted by the Local Government Association of England and Wales (LGA). The main topic for the day was the impact of the current refugee crisis on local governments in countries such as Cyprus, Malta and the UK who all shared their different experiences in responding to the situation.
CLGF’s DFID-funded Programme on Strengthening Local Economic Development in South Asia, is bringing together local government practitioners and LED experts from different Commonwealth countries to share experience and best practice with Indian city and municipality administrators as part of a pilot project to help build knowledge and understanding on LED and develop work programmes in two partner cities.
CLGF along with the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils have been working towards supporting pradeshiya sabhas (rural councils) to enhance revenue collecting capacity through various training and awareness raising events.
More than 150 world leaders came together at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a set of universal goals, applying to countries at all stages of development. The 17 new SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more.
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