Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Promoting local democracy

CLGF promotes and advocates for democratic, elected local government throughout the Commonwealth.

CLGF's policy in guiding governments and councils towards democratic values and good local governance is set out in the Aberdeen Agenda: Commonwealth principles for local democracy and good governance, agreed by its members in 2005 and endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government as part of the Commonwealth fundamental political principles.



  • ensures that local government is recognised as an important sphere of government nationally and internationally;
  • encourages national government to take action to support stronger local governance, and
  • support its members in developing better and more democratic local governance
  • supports election monitoring and newly elected lcoal governments.

CLGF represents local government at Commonwealth level, including to the Commonwealth Secretary-General and at meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Government and with other Commonwealth partners. It also makes written submission to consultations and other policy development forums.


CLGF also represents members interests on the international stage, working with UNDP, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), EU PLATFORMA and other international agencies to promote the role of local government in development and support appropriate activities and events.


CLGF participates in activities such as local election monitoring to help promote democratic values and partnerships amongst spheres of government.

The Aberdeen Agenda

In 2005 at the Commonwealth Local Government Conference in Aberdeen, participants agreed the CLGF Aberdeen Agenda: Commonwealth principles on good practice for local democracy and good governance, The principles provide a set of standards to promote healthy local democracy and good governance. The principles formally approved by the CLGF Members meeting on 18 March 2005 and have now been incoporated into the Commonwealth Charter.


CLGF is widely disseminating the Aberdeen Agenda throughout the Commonwealth to its members and partner organisations. It is encouraging local government and ministry members to discuss how the principles can be used to help develop and monitor policies and practice throughout the Commonwealth.

Read more on the Aberdeen Agenda


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

CLGF is a member of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governemnts for the Post-2015 Agenda and Habitat III and has advocated for localising the SDGs in both their development and implementation.

Read more on CLGF and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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