Commonwealth Local Government Forum
Jan
07
2016

CLGF's agenda for 2016

New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but not so easy to keep. CLGF should therefore be selective about its own resolutions for 2016, but this does not mean it should not be ambitious. A core objective for 2016 must be to maintain and expand further CLGF’s own structures and local government network, including its active presence and programme in support of its members in all regions of the Commonwealth. This means sustaining the current regional programmes offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and, as planned, starting a new programme and office in the Caribbean. If this is to be done, CLGF will need to successfully conclude new funding agreements with key partners, both existing and new.

Dec
22
2015

Malta and Paris: key milestones

The 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta was a milestone summit for the Commonwealth. Malta achieved many of its aims, adopting a Leaders' Statement and Communique focussed on climate change, migration, combatting extremism, human rights, supporting small states and implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Oct
22
2015

The UN 2030 Agenda: leaving no one behind

In late September I had the privilege of attending meetings of the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments in New York, coinciding with the UN Summit which adopted the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development including the new Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs.

Aug
14
2015

The right response to the migration crisis

Much political attention is focussed on the growing migration and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and the Middle East , the Indian Ocean, the US-Mexican border and elsewhere.

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