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Welcome to enews 2019 - edition 2
 
Welcome to e-news!
The second edition of 2019 begins with a message from CLGF Patron, Rt Hon Helen Clark, a strong advocate and role model for gender equality, to mark International Women's Day earlier this month.
As plans for the Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka pick up a pace, e-news features the first in a regular section which aims to provide the latest information on all things CLGC2019. 
 
CLGF news
 
International Women's Day: message from CLGF Patron Rt Hon Helen Clark
 
As we celebrate International Women's Day 2019 this March, read Helen Clark's thoughts about gender equallity: how far we've come and what we still need to do to achieve SDG5 and empower more women to take part in public life in a special message. Read more ...
 
 
Cities and regions for development cooperation
 
CLGF took part in the Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation Forum 2019. Organised by the European Commission and European Committee of the Regions, in partnership with PLATFORMA, the Forum focuses on partnerships supporting urban development and helping deliver the SDGs at local and regional level.
Read more about the meeting ... 
 
Localising the Sustainable Development Goals
 
Increasing LED expertise in Eswatini
 
As part of an ongoing project in Eswatini, in February forty-five representatives from Eswatini’s urban local authorities came together to complete a four-day training workshop about Local Economic Assessments (LEAs). Read more about this project on LED ...
 
 
Jamaica LG Ministry increases education grants
 
Minister of Local Government and Community Development pledges to increase funds to help councillors assist needy students with back-to-school preparations in the 2019/2020 financial year. Read more ...
 
Building sustainable cities
 
East Africa: more inclusive urbanisation
 
As part of a project on urbanisation in East Africa, CLGF joined with partners in Dar es Salaam this February to share the preliminary findings of research carried out over the last year. Read more about this research project ...
 
 
Sydney: City planning needs to focus on people
 
According to Sydney's CEO, with growing urban populations, scarce resources and the challenges of climate change, city makers need to focus on the community, inclusion, economic sustainability and people-centred leadership. Read more ...
 
 
Ghana LG Ministry signs agreement with municipal assemblies
 
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has signed an agreement with municipal assemblies to implement the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme (GSCSP).
Read more about this research project ...
 
Strengthening local democracy
 
Zambia: boost for planning and decentralisation
 
Local government in Zambia has received a boost to its planning work - a function that is an integral part of the country’s Decentralisation Policy - with the unveiling of the Integrated Development Guidelines. Read more about this exciting initiative ...
 
 
 
New Zealand: campaign to boost voter numbers
 
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has announced the launch of a new campaign to get more people to turn out for this year’s local elections.. Read more about this exciting initiative ...
 
 
 
Malaysia renews commitment to women’s rights
 
CLGF was represented at the WomenWhoLead summit in Malaysia by Hon Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, the Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake, Bhim Raskar from the Resource and Support Centre For Development, India and Anuya Kuwar from CLGF's Asia Regional Office. They joined political and civil society leaders and influencers from across the Commonwealth. Read more about this event ...
 
 
Opportunities and publications
 
Caribbean Urban Forum 12-14 June
 
The 9th Annual Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF) is taking place 12-14 June and brings together land use practitioners, municipal managers, policy makers, academics and allied professionals to address urban issues in the region. This year's theme is Urban Resilience: Disaster and Climate Change Resilient Planning in the Caribbean. Find out more about the event ...
 
 
UN Habitat publishes New Strategic Orientation 2020-2025 
 
Published by ECOSOC, the overall objective of the Strategic Plan is to advance sustainable urbanisation as a driver of development and peace, to improve living conditions for all. Read more ...
 
 
Fiji government is recruiting
 
The Ministry of Local Government for the Government of Fiji is looking for suitably qualified and eligible applicants for 12 municipal chief executive officer positions. Find out more ...
 
 
 
The Parliamentarian: special edition
 
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians used International Women’s Day 2019 to highlight the importance of gender equality and urgent need to increase women’s representation in parliament: a mission that is firmly shared by CLGF. The special edition of The Parliamentarian 2019 celebrates thirty years of the Commonwealth Women ParliamentariansClick here to view this issue ...
 
 
Commonwealth Local Government Conference - CLGC2019   
 
Official website launched
 
The Conference website is now live! Take a look at CLGC2019 to find out more about the theme, discussion topics and speakers; the venue and facilities; and practical information on how to register and take advantage of the special rates negotiated with the official conference hotels. More information will be added as details are confirmed so please keep looking at the CLGC2019 website.
 
 
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