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November 2017 
CLGF news
The final countdown
As delegates from across the Commonwealth prepare to make their way to Malta, read about CLGF’s final preparations for the 2017 Commonwealth Local Government Conference in the Maltese capital, Valletta.
Outcomes of 4th World Forum on LED
Thousands of delegates and speakers gathered in Cape Verde for the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development. Find out more about what the CLGF delegation did and some of the outcomes from the final declaration.
World Cities Day: Dr Greg Munro
CLGF’s Secretary-General talks about World Cities Day, in the light of 50% of the world’s population already living in urban communities, and the role of local government in creating a meaningful connection between communities and government. Read more …
2017 Conference update
Malta International Airport
There will be a welcome desk at Malta International Airport. Please speak to staff there if you have any queries. You will need to organise your own hotel transfers; this can be done directly with the hotel or at the airport. Prices are around €20 for 1 to 3 people; €25 for 4 people; €40 for up to 6 people. 
Please ensure you have your confirmation email with you when you register. The desk is open from 10am–5pm on Tuesday, 21 November. It is likely to be busy from around 4pm, please come earlier if possible.
The Women in Local Government event and study visits are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please ensure you register for your place at our registration desk on Tuesday.
Opening ceremony
Would delegates please ensure that they take their seats in the Mediterranean Conference Centre for the opening ceremony of CLGC2017 on 21 November by 5pm, for a prompt start at 5.30pm.
Daily News from LGIU & CLGF
This year’s Commonwealth Local Government Conference is partnering with LGIU International to deliver a daily bulletin on local government news from around the Commonwealth. It will also include CLGF updates from the conference. For the duration of the conference it will be sent to delegates via the app; and to other CLGF members via enews.
If you would like to sign up for the LGIU's Daily News after this event, please contact to be added to the mailing list.
The LGIU has been providing information services to local government for over 30 years and has over 20,000 subscribers around the world. They have a stand at this year’s conference so please visit them to learn more.
Special dietary requirements
If you have any dietary requirements i.e. allergies please email so we can make the necessary arrangements.
During the conference, transport will be provided to the conference venue from the following hotels: Grand Excelsior, Bay View, Kennedy Nova and Waterfront - from Tuesday evening. A copy of the transport schedule can be found in the conference programme or on the conference app.
Localising the Sustainable Development Goals
COP23: young people speak out
Two young people representing Fiji joined the UN COP23 meeting this week to explain how vital it is to tackle climate change. They called on world leaders to commit to actions to protect their homes and those of children on other Pacific Islands. Read more…
Pacific: female market traders increasing skills
CLGF has been helping to increase the skills of female market traders in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu through the UN Women Markets for Change programme funded largely by the Australian Government. Find out more about what they’ve been learning…
Canada: councils lead on green solutions
After leading Canada's municipal delegation at COP23, Federation of Canadian Municipalities President Jenny Gerbasi issued a statement explaining that it is municipalities that are modelling Canada's most innovative green solutions. Read more...
Building sustainable cities
India – Australia: cooperation
Punjab Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and the South Australian Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion have met to discuss cooperation on smart city development, sporting exchanges, agricultural collaboration and education. Read more …
Jamaica gets Building Bill
Jamaica's House of Representatives has passed the Building Bill, which seeks to establish a modern legislative framework to reduce the vulnerability of Jamaica's built environment and ensure public safety. Read more ...
Strengthening local democracy
Sierra Leone: strengthening local governance
The European Union delegation in Sierra Leone is helping to empower rural communities to strengthen local governance and accountability processes. Find out more ...
CHOGM2018: keeping up to date
Keep up to date with the latest developments for CHOGM 2018 by going to the websiteThe team would like to gather personal stories of what the Commonwealth means to individuals. 
Tanzania: transparency in local government
Tanzania Association of Accountants (TAA) is organising an annual local government accountability and transparency seminar to discuss challenges and development of the accounting sector to local authority (LGA) officers across the country. Read more ...
India: health study
The Lancet has published the first comprehensive analysis of the health of India’s 1.34 billion citizens. It finds improvements, but also major inequalities between states.  Read more...
Quote of the month
Quote of the month
"The CLGF is a vital part of our Commonwealth family, and makes an immense contribution towards consolidation of both development and democracy at levels our citizens experience and interact with in their everyday lives."
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General
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