The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) and Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) have teamed up to take forward a new proposal for the development of a local government institute in Rwanda, in partnership with the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA).
Dr Greg Munro has been named as the new CLGF Secretary-General by the Board of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). Dr Munro, a South African national, will take up his post with effect from August 2016, based at CLGF HQ in London. His will lead the organisation in meeting the challenges of localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, delivering a comprehensive programme for CLGF’s members in promoting local democracy and decentralisation and tackling key issues for local government internationally.
CLGF launched a new regional programme in the Caribbean at the 2016 Caribbean regional meeting on 21-23 March in Port of Spain. The meeting was hosted in collaboration with CALGA, the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and TTALGA.
As part of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments for Post 2015 Development Agenda, CLGF has inputted into the development of key principles that should underpin the Habitat III process, as well as a set of policy recommendations that should act as the “cornerstones” of the New Urban Agenda.
CLGF participated in the discussion on the role of decentralised cooperation in managing the refugee crisis during Platforma’s political council meeting on 8 April. The meeting emphasised the vital role of local governments in managing the refugee crisis, role of municipalities in coordinating volunteer support, integrating migrants and ensure exchange of best practices between host regions to ensure relocation of migrants.
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