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If the objective of leaving no one behind as envisaged by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to be achieved, local government must be empowered to effectively engage all people at the local level, according to CLGF Chairperson Cllr Rev Mpho Moruakgomo. Speaking on the first day of the 2016 South African Local Government Association (SALGA) annual conference in Johannesburg , Rev Moruakgomo said that inclusion means paying attention to all voices including women, youth, the poor, the displaced, and local government is the sphere of government which is best placed to do this. Read More
The CLGF Executive Committee meeting took place on 9-10 November at CLGFs new headquarters in London. Executive Committee members welcomed Secretary-General Dr Greg Munros 100 Day Report and approved a new direction of travel for the organisation. Read More
With over 36,000 participants from 167 countries, and high levels of security given the presence of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, and other global leaders, the start of Habitat III was always going to be a little chaotic. Umbrella sellers did a brisk business as participants queued for hours in the hot Ecuadorian sun to register for the conference. In the end the detailed preparation, the large teams of enthusiastic young volunteers and the warm welcome from the city and people of Quito meant that the conference was a great success. Read More
To effectively localise and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) local governments need to focus on three critical areas including leadership, partnership and innovation, said CLGF Secretary-General Dr Greg Munro while addressing the national members assembly of the Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) in Gaborone on 30 August. Read More
From 28-29 June, CLGF is holding a regional conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, to disseminate the outcomes of its regional programme on Supporting local governance and local economic development in Southern Africa and explore further the role of local government in delivering the SDGs. The programme was funded by the UK Department of International Development and has also received support from the European Union. Read More

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