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Greetings for 2019
 
As we go forward in a new year which is full of challenges and opportunities, we wish you every success in achieving your aims and creating the best possible communities where every citizen can thrive and succeed. We are also delighted to confirm the dates for the next Commonwealth Local Government Conference CLGC2019 - which will take place from 6-9 August in Colombo, Sri Lanka, focusing on Citizen centred local government: driving inclusive social and economic changeCLGF Secretary-General Greg Munro writes more about this in his blog ... 
 
CLGF news
 
Pakistan: building capacity of LGAs
 
CLGF has been out in Pakistan to organise a meeting as part of the EU funded project to strengthen the local government associations and, in turn, the support they provide to councils. Read more about this ...
 
 
Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance
 
The latest edition of the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance – Issue 20 – is now available. Take a look at this online ...
 
 
Infrastructure for development finance
 
CLGF took part in the second meeting of the steering committee of the World Observatory OECD members on Subnational Government Finance and Investment. Find out more about the meeting ...
 
Localising the Sustainable Development Goals
 
Caribbean reviews progress on localising SDGs
 
With funding from the EU, local government politicians and stakeholders from across the Caribbean came together to share their experiences of projects to localise the SDGs. Find out more ...
 
 
Ghana: achieving the SDGs through local economic development 
 
Ghana has been piloting a number of projects to stimulate the local economy and, at the same time, push forward their work to implement the SDGs. Read more about the meeting which brought councils together to share best practice ...
 
 
Teaching children about the SDGs the UN way
 
The UN is using Thomas the Tank Engine to explain to children what the Sustainable Development Goals are and why they are important. Take a look to see if this information is helpful to the young people in your community.
 
Building sustainable cities
 
Africities in Marrakesh
 
Speaking at the Africities conference in a session organised by Cities Alliance, read about CLGF's Secretary-General calling for better integrated planning of public spaces. Also find out more about CLGF's Local Economic Development Adviser's views on 'participatory planning' with a focus on safety for women .
 
 
Pacific members tackling rapid urbanisation
 
CLGF members in the Pacific have been discussing strategies to deal with rapid urbanisation and have come up with five pillars on which to base their work. Find out more ...
 
 
 
Strengthening local democracy
 
Malaysia: building councillor capacity 
 
As the Local Government Ministry of Malaysia announces its intention to hold democratic local government elections within three years, CLGF’s Secretary-General addresses a packed audience at the Malaysian Local Authority Convention on building capacity of local councils and creating local leaders  Read more ...
 
 
 
South Africa LGA reviews rogress
 
SALGA, the South Africa Local Government Association, has been looking at progress made in people-centred, socio-economic prosperity since its Congress in 2016; including the implementation of the Women’s Commission. Find out more ...
 
 
 
 
Platforma celebrates 10 years of local government development work
 
The Brussels based umbrella group that brings together European organisations working on development issues celebrated ten years. They marked the occasion by reviewing their successes. Read more ...
 
 
 
 
Opportunities and publications
 
Platforma study: SDGs on the ground
 
Platforma has published a new joint study with CEMR on how to assess the SDGs on the ground. It explains how local government is at the forefront of tackling the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Learn more about how the SDGs can be tied in to municipal policies, planning and monitoring ...
 
 
Environmental Performance Index 2018
 
Check your country's envrionmental friendlieness rating in the 2018 Environmental Performance Index. Ranking 180 countries the Index uses 24 performance indicators across ten issue categories covering environmental health and ecosystem vitality. 
 
 
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