Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Year of Developmental Local Government

A key proposal coming from our 2013 CLGF Conference in Kampala was that 2014 should be designated as the Year of Developmental Local Government or #Y2014DevLG for twitter users, so as to highlight the central role played by local government especially in economic and social developpment. This was also designed to encourage practical follow-up to the conference by CLGF members, as agreed and set out in our Kampala Declaration and Munyonyo Statement on Local Government’s Role in Post-2015.


Celebrating Mandela's achievements

A great flame has been extinguished but will live on in our hearts and souls. Even while a prisoner on Robben Island, Mandela was  a great inspiration not only to his own people in South Africa but to my generation of young activists and millions throughout the world- in calling for an end to apartheid, in mobilising action, in seeking a peaceful transition to a fairer and democratic society.


Terrorism and urban crisis responsiveness

The appalling and callous terrorist attack in Nairobi has highlighted the vulnerability of our big cities to external threat, be it man-made insurgency or natural disasters such as  earthquakes or storm surges. Given moreover that 80 per cent of the world’s population now live within 50 miles of the sea, changing environmental and climatic factors are increasingly likely to result in flooding, pollution and health risks.


Peace-building in post-conflict states

Many Commonwealth countries have gone through a period of conflict and many remain within the category of vulnerable states, whose economic, social and, above all, political systems require long term consolidation and stability. Post-conflict situations exist in different degrees in CLGF member countries as diverse as Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and the Solomon Islands as well as Northern Ireland; outside the Commonwealth, they also include Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Myanmar/Burma, where CLGF has some ongoing engagement.

Pledge to fight climate change

  CLGF has joined with a number of key organisations in signing up to the manifesto to secure a healthy planet. The manifesto was launched at a high level event in London at the end of July, which inclu ...
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