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October/2 2017 
CLGF news
Helen Clark discusses conference 
CLGF Patron Helen Clark visited CLGF’s London office to discuss priorities for November’s conference in Malta. Read her views on why this conference is so important to everyone involved in local government.
CLGF addresses NI councils
CLGF Secretary-General Greg Munro gave a presentation on the challenges facing local government to the annual conference of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association. He spoke about the robust response by Commonwealth local authorities. Read more
CLGF talk LED in Cape Verde
CLGF took part in the 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development in Cape Verde, with a team of four representatives profiling their work in LED. Find out more about the event, including the final declaration emerging from the four days of discussions ...
2017 Conference update
Women in local government
The launch of the Commonwealth Women in Local Government Network is taking place at the Verdala Palace, the official summer residence of the President of Malta, on Wednesday 22nd November from 7-9pm. Lively discussions are expected.
Picture: Ray Tang
Conference app goes live!
The CLGC2017 conference app is now live! If you have registered, you should have received an email invitation to download the app. You can then start networking with other delegates and get the latest conference news. The app will be updated throughout the conference. If you have registered but haven't received an invite, email
Welcome from the PM
Malta's Prime Minister Hon Dr Joseph Muscat extends a personal welcome to conference delegates visiting Malta for CLGC2017. Take a look at his video message ... He will also attend the opening ceremony and open the exhibition.
If you have registered for the conference and need a visa, you need to make your application immediately! Take a look at the conference website for further information. If you find that do not have an embassy or consulate in your country please contact
Programme - speakers added
We are pleased to add a number of distinguished speakers to our conference programme. Have a look at the conference website to find out who they are and to see the latest programme details.
Localising the Sustainable Development Goals
Australia: Sydney leads on gender pay equality
According to a recent survey, the City of Sydney’s gender pay gap is 2.8% in favour of men, compared with the national, public-sector average of 10.8%. The number of women receiving promotions is also on the up. Read more…
Training female market traders
Women market traders in the Pacific are receiving training, thanks to a UN project, funded largely by the Australian Government. Together with local government councillors, officers and market officials, they're looking at many aspects of running a market to boost the local economy. Read more ...
Fiji leads the way on climate change
Fiji Prime Minister Bainimarama and incoming President of COP23 (convention of parties) - the UN conferences on climate change - talks about the important mission as he prepares for the meeting taking place in Bonn, Germany this November. Read more . ...
Building sustainable cities
Belize City: innovation and funding
Launching municipal bonds has helped Belize City fund a number of capital projects and enabled the council to plan for more. Read how Mayor Darrell Bradley scoped out the idea and made it a reality…
Bangladesh: help with urbanisation
The World Bank has signed an MOU with the professional institutions for planning, architects, engineers and the Municipal Association to create a Centre of Excellence for Urban Development to support cities to share expertise and good practice. Read more …
Strengthening local democracy
Mauritius: empowering women
A two day capacity building programme was held at the beginning of October to empower women village councillors. The main objectives included improving the councillors’ ability to articulate gender issues and ensuring that women’s strategic needs are taken into account. Find out more
Ghana: strengthening local governance
Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Mr Kwasi Adjei Boateng told participants at a training event on monitoring and evaluation that the Government is committed to strengthening the country’s accountability and local governance system to enhance development efforts. Read more …
Dominica: volunteers provide support
Nobody could fail to be moved by the scenes of devastation left by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean. CLGF’s Sandra Singh and community volunteers in Trinidad and Tobago have been working together to provide practical help by sending much needed supplies to Dominica. Read more
Rwanda: performance contracts
Rwanda’s central and local government officials have signed new performance contracts, locally known as Imihigo, pledging to deliver on key activities within a specific time frame in the 2017/2018 financial year. The areas focus on economic development, social development, governance and justice. Read more …
Sri Lanka: elections set for January 2018
Around 15.6 million people will be eligible to vote in the elections for 335 municipal and urban councils and pradeshiya sabhas at the election. The Elections Commission is preparing to hold the local government elections in January next year. Read more ...
CHOGM: social media launched
The next milestone for CHOGM2018 is the launch of its social media channels on 1 November. CHOGM2018 wants to engage with young people across the Commonwealth and encourage all citizens to share their Commonwealth stories. Take a look at the website ...
Are you a smart city?
UCLG publishes the second edition of the Smart Cities Study 2017 to provide information in a didactic way on the different strategies and projects that cities around the world are putting in place, in order to move forward on the key aspects that make up a “smart city”.
Article in Africa Policy Review
Read CLGF Secretary General Dr Greg Munro’s thoughts on Africa, the SDGs and developmental local government in the Africa Policy Review.
UNFPA: state of the world population
Take a look at the newly published United Nations report on the World Population. It focuses on sexual and reproductive health across the globe.
Global mobility
Transport links are vital to the economy – from moving the items we produce and want to sell, to making sure the workforce is in place to do the work. The Global Mobility Report is the first-ever study to assess the global performance of the transport sector and covers all modes of transport, including road, air, waterborne, and rail transport.
Quote of the month
Quote of the month
"Local government is the point of meaningful contact between government and communities; and is where democracy is most keenly experienced. As populations in cities grow ever larger, greater innovation and effort is required to keep that meaningful interface real and tangible between city government and citizens."
Dr Greg Munro, Secretary-General, CLGF - comment on UN World Cities Day
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