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TRIO attends CLGF 35th Board Meeting
26/07/16
TRIO attends CLGF 35th Board Meeting The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Slumber Tsogwane and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Molefi Keaja and President of BALA Reverend Mpho Moruakgomo are in London, United Kingdom from th 9th-11th July attending the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Board meetings, hosted by the Local Government Association of England and Wales (LGA).

TRIO attends CLGF 35th Board Meeting

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Slumber Tsogwane and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Molefi Keaja and President of BALA Reverend Mpho Moruakgomo are in London, United Kingdom from th 9th-11th July attending the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Board meetings, hosted by the Local Government Association of England and Wales (LGA).

Amongst the many action items and papers that will be presented at the annual meeting, is the handing over of the CLGF Chairperson to Botswana through Mr. Mpho Mmachakga Moruakgomo. Therefore as Botswana assumes the Chairmanship of the Board, her participation is thus critical. Members will be discussing future agenda and commitments of the CLGF, which is important for Botswana as the Chair to ensure balance and provide guidance on Government position and program of Government on matters that may need the country’s intervention.

News filtering from the ongoing 35th Board meeting has it that members will deliberate on the CLGF role and achievements, knowledge sharing activities, programmes and capacity building activities from Africa, Asia, Pacific and the Caribbean. Also on the agenda is the adoption of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development as a comprehensive way to address global challenges and the recognitionof the regional and local governments, as an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically on inclusive, safe and resilient cities and human settlements.

Sustainable Development Goals were for the record built on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieve by 2015. The MDGs were adopted in 2000 and aimed at to eradicate an array of issues including poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation. CLGF’s focus on the new SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, is to go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.

Board members also welcomed the Paris Agreement on climate change and the recognition to local governments in its implementation. The Minister and his entourage will also be part of the discussion on political advocacy on promoting democratic local values and good local governance in line with the Aberdeen Agenda; building stronger relationships and strengthening of local government policies across the Commonwealth bloc.

Still at the 2016 CLGF 35th meeting, the attendants will discuss the Commonwealth Sustainable Cities network Opening session with the view to further building an effective, accountable and inclusive local government institutions. An annual reception will be held to bid farewell to the outgoing CLGF Secretary General, Carl Wright and welcome the new one.

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