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2018 - issue 1 
Our first enews of 2018 looks back at November’s Commonwealth Local Government Conference in Malta. Thank you to those who took part in CLGC2017 for your invaluable contribution to discussions and, for those who could not attend, this enews provides some of the conference highlights. We also look forward in the Secretary General's blog at the approach to development work in light of the recent press coverage about the international aid sector. Finally, we ask you to take some time to complete a short, but important survey about the work of CLGF.
Blog by Dr Greg Munro
Working locally to deliver development
With the recent controversies surrounding a number of aid agencies, CLGF Secretary-General Greg Munro considers the way development is delivered and, in particular, the values and ways of working of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. Read more ...
CLGF news
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Web and Facebook pages for Women's Network go live #ComWLG
Launched at the Commonwealth Local Government Conference in November, CLGF chose International Women's Day 2018 to publish the web and Facebook pages for the Commonwealth Women in Local Government Network. Find out more ...
9th World Urban Forum
CLGF's Secretary-General Dr Greg Munro joined with more than 200 local and regional representatives at the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments in Kuala Lumpur to discuss issues around creating sustainable cities that benefit rural and urban areas. Read more ...
Localising the Sustainable Development Goals
Jamaica councils lead the way
Find out how three councils in Jamaica are localising the Sustainable Development Goals and helping to demonstrate the impact that working towards achieving the Goals can have on communities.Read more ...
Discussing development in Barcelona
CLGF’s Deputy Secretary-General Lucy Slack took part in the UCLG Retreat in Barcelona to look at the role of local economic development and localising the Sustainable Development Goals, sharing the work of CLGF members. Read more ...
Building sustainable cities
Ghana: climate smart gardens
CLGF’s partners in Nadowli Kaleo District, Ghana have been raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by creating Climate Smart Gardens. Find out more about how they are creating sustainable livelihoods.
Fiji hosts Commonwealth education ministers
Fiji welcomed more than 500 delegates to the 21st Ministers of Education Conference last month to discuss the theme Sustainability and Resilience: can education deliver. Read more about the event including the Nadi Declaration. 
Uganda: sustainability through networks
Secretary General of the Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) Gertrude Gamwera has been helping her local governments build sustainable communities by strengthening networks. With development agencies, overseas local government associations and the national government. Read more ...
Strengthening local democracy
Sri Lanka local elections
In the recent local elections held on 10 February, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, made significant gains, taking almost 45% of the vote. Read more ...
Guyana: more independence for local government
Local government in Guyana is set to become more independent through an initiative launched by the Ministry of Communities in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Find out more ...
Network celebrates half a century
The University of the South Pacific has just turned 50. Established in 1968 and a member of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific, CLGF has worked closely in partnership on a number of projects across the region. Read more ...
CLGC2017 highlights
Conference outcomes
Following the discussions from the working groups, plenaries and associated events, the main points have been brought together in the Valletta Outcomes – fit for the future: resources and capacity for effective local government. Find out more by reading the document in full.
New network for women launched
A network to support the involvement of Commonwealth women in local government was launched at CLGC2017. The speeches from the President of Malta, HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca; the Commonwealth Secretary General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC; and CLGF Patron, Rt Hon Helen Clark were presided over by CLGF Chairperson Cllr Rev Mpho. Read more including clips of the speeches.
Young leaders' forum
Making sure that young people engage with local government and have a say in the future of their communities is important to CLGF. Read about the issues discussed by young councillors, mayors and youth civil society leaders from all regions of the Commonwealth at the special Young Leaders' Forum, held immediately before the main conference .
Helen Clark's keynote speech
In her keynote speech on the first full day of the conference, CLGF Patron Rt Hon Helen Clark considered the level of awareness  of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developed countries. Find out more by reading the speech in full ...
Feedback from Australian LGA
David O’Loughlin, President of the Australian Local Government Association, reported back on CLGC2017 in the ALGA’s President’s column, describing his presentation on how local authorities in Australia are embracing digital technology innovation to drive efficiencies. CLGF would be interested to hear about any other feedback. Read more about what Mr O’Loughlin thought of the conference…
LGIU Daily News
During the conference, CLGF joined with LGIU International to deliver The Daily News: a mix of the day's highlights and news stories relevant to local government around the Commonwealth. If you think an independently-produced round-up for local government, summarising the day’s stories as published by media sources indicated would be useful for you or your organisation email 
Conference picture gallery
The conference programme was full and varied, matched by a diverse range of delegates from 48 countries. Please take a look at our conference picture gallery which provides images from different elements of the conference. 
CLGF Project Officer: Zambia
CLGF is advertising three posts based in Zambia. The deadline for applications is 20 March. To find out more, including how to apply, take a look at the details for each role.
Commonwealth big lunches
Do you have links to the Commonwealth - family members, friends or work colleagues? And would you like to find out more about this incredible organisations representing 53 countries and 2.4 billion people. Well look no further because the Commonwealth Big Lunches provides the ideal opportunity to do just this. Read more ...
Mayorathon for the Commonwealth Games 
As the Commonwealth Games rapidly approach, CLGF has joined with the Commonwealth Games Federation for an initiative to highlight the link between the games and local governments. Join in the Games by sending a greeting to the Gold Coast from your council. Find out more ...
CHOGM2018: keeping up to date
Keep up to date with the latest developments for CHOGM 2018 by going to the website. The team is particularly interested in hearing from you about what the Commonwealth means to individuals. Read more ...
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