Commonwealth Local Government Conferences are held every two years in different regions of the Commonwealth.
The conferences bring together some 500-600 top local government policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders – including heads of government, ministers, mayors and council leaders, senior officials, and partners from development agencies, academia and civil society and the corporate and finance sectors – to discuss policy developments, share and learn about new ideas and innovative solutions and products to help councils and local governments improve their processes and services. The conferences provide a unique international opportunity for local government policy-makers and practitioners to meet and exchange ideas, information and good practice.
2019 CLGF theme: Citizen centred local government: driving inclusive social and economic change.
Local government is tasked with creating communities that are safe, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous but there are many challenges to providing high quality services that meet the needs of all citizens. As well as introducing new policies and practices, local government must ensure that citizens are behind the decisions required to transform communities.
Learn and share
The Conference - CLGC2019 - will be attended by over 600 senior policy makers from around the Commonwealth including local and national governments, regional local government associations, research pioneers and academics, civil society and the private sector. It will take the form of keynote speeches and plenary sessions, working groups and study visits with a rich cultural programme. There will be an opportunity to learn and share about success and innovation from Commonwealth countries, including showcasing good practice from Sri Lanka. In addition, the outcomes will be presented to the 2020 CHOGM in Rwanda.