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CLGC conference countdown
 
The 2017 Commonwealth Local Government Conference begins in just under 100 days. Have you registered for your place at this important event? Join stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to discuss innovative ways of resourcing local government. Register NOW!
 
 
Apply for your VISA!
 
Visa applications can be made from 21 August onwards. Find out more about the visa requirements to enter Malta and the organisations to contact for advice.
 
 
CLGC Expo 2017
 
This year’s conference exhibition will not disappoint with many exciting stands promoting products and services from around the Commonwealth. Find out more about what’s on offer at the CLGF Expo 2017; who is exhibiting; and how you can become an exhibitor.
 
 
Conference TV
 
CLGC TV is back for the 2017 Commonwealth Local Government Conference, screening candid interviews and comments from a range of delegates throughout the event. Find out how you can access CLGC TV at the conference. CLGC TV will be looking for partner organisations who want to showcase their work in the programme. There is a cost and slots are limited. If you would like to learn more, contact Tom Sapsted.
 
 
Theme and case studies
 
The theme for CLGC 2017 is identifying and sharing innovative ways to resource and finance local government, ensuring that it is equipped to deliver services and play its crucial role in development work and achieving the SDGs. Find out more by reading the case studies relating to the theme. If you have an interesting example about resourcing local government financing, contact CLGC2017.
 
 
 
 
Programme and speakers: update
 
You can find out more about the programme and speakers as more information is added. In addition to the existing speakers, we are pleased to announce that Helen Clark, former UNDP Administrator and Prime Minister of New Zealand, will be giving the main keynote speech. 
 
 
Working group sessions
 
As the details take shape, read more about the conference working groups. This includes two sessions presented in partnership with the European based organisation Platforma on development cooperation; and one around using IT to improve performance and delivery, presented by Microsoft.
 
 
Microsoft supporting CLGC2017
 
Read how Microsoft is partnering with CLGF at the conference with a plenary session, exhibition stand and picture gallery in the Sacra Infermeria.
 
 
Study visits
 
At the end of the conference, delegates will be able to take part in a selection of study visits. Like many Commonwealth countries, Malta is a small island state and is enjoying a well-developed economy. You will be able to see what local government in Malta is doing and how they are using different financing methods.
 
Additional events 
 
Research colloquium
 
Before the main conference begins, the Commonwealth Local Government Research Colloquium 2017 is taking place on 19 and 20 November in the Fortress Builders, Valletta, Malta. Coordinated by the CLGF research advisory group, find out more about this side event which looks at current research and innovation in resourcing local government.
 
 
Youth forum
 
This special, one-day event allows young people involved in local government and civil society from around the Commonwealth to come together to share their views on the key issues and challenges ahead. Find out more about what they’ll be discussing; how the views of young people will be taken forward; and how you can get involved.
For more information contact CLGC2017.
 
 
Women in local government event
 
The conference will include a special cocktail evening to focus specifically on women in local government. Do you have any ideas about what should be discussed? How we can encourage more women to participate perhaps? Contact CLGC2017 with your thoughts and comments or let us know on twitter @clgf_news and mention #CLGF2017
 
 
Malta
 
The Mediterranean location for CLGF’s flagship conference is steeped in 7000 years of history and boasts three UNESCO world heritage sites, a rich culture and an abundance of natural beauty. With Valletta primed to accept the mantle of European Capital of Culture 2018, Malta offers plenty for delegates outside the conference. Find out more by looking at the CLGF website with further information from the Maltese Tourism Association, one of the partners of CLGC 2017.
 
 
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