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.
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.
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.