Speeches and presentations



Tuesday 14 May

Opening session

             Introductory remarks
             Carl Wright
, Secretary-General. CLGF I download speech

             Welcome remarks
             Mayor Lawrence Yule, CLGF Chairperson I download speech 
             Hon Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Local Government, Uganda | download speech

Introductory address
Dr Richard Sezibera, Secretary-General, East African Community | download speech

Keynote address
HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and Incoming Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office | download speech

Inaugural address
HE President Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda | download speech

Vote of thanks
Hon Teima Onorio, Vice-President, Kiribati I download speech


Wednesday 15 May

Plenary 1. Developmental local government: an introduction

Perspectives on developmental local government

Hon Yunus Carrim, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs | download speech
Mayor Brad Woodside, National Board of Directors, Federation of Canadian Municipalities | download speech
Hon Dr Didas Massaburi, Chairman, Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania | download presentation
Dr Philip Amis, University of Birmingham | download presentation
Samuel Kavuma, Regional Chairperson, Commonwealth Youth Caucus - Africa | download presentation
Tanmoy Chakrabarty, Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services | download presentation

Plenary 2. Democratising local development

Hon Emerine Kabanshi, Minister for Local Government, Housing, Early Education and Environmental Protection, Zambia  | download speech
Rev Mpho MW Moruakgomo, President, Botswana Association of Local Authorities and Vice President UCLGA | download speech
Amitav Banerji, Director, Political Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat  | download speech
Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus, Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe  | download speech

Keynote speech
Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat and UN Under Secretary-General | download speech

Plenary 3 Report on activities and achievements 2011-2013

Carl Wright, Secretary-General, CLGF | download presentation 

Thursday 16 May

Plenary 4 Developmental local government: providing leadership for social development and economic growth 

Hon Neol Arscott, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Jamaica | download speech
Michele Dominique Raymond, Assistant Secretary General for Political and Humanitarian Affairs, ACP | download speech
Cllr Thabo Manyoni, Chairperson, South African Local Government Association | download presentation
Myn Garcia, Deputy Director, Commonwealth Foundations | download presentation
David Burrows, Managing Director - EMEA Government, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation | download speech 

Keynote speech
HE President Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda download speech
Presentation of report on Assessment of local democracy and good governance in Rwanda to President kagame by Hon James Musoni, Minister of Local Government, Rwanda Carl Wright, Secretary-General, CLGF;  and Mayor Justus Kangwaje, President, RALGA  View report

Plenary 5. Local government's role in global development and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP post 2015 - consultation with local government stakeholders

The local government taskforce on the post-2015 global development agenda
Mayor Lawrence Yule, CLGF Chairperson

Keynote speaker
Rt Hon Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP  | download speech

Hon Teima Onorio, Vice-President, Kiribati
Hon Bornito Diogo de Souza, Minister of territorial Administration, Angola
Kristian Schmidt, Director DG Development, EU Commission
Message from Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Co-chair, UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 Development Agenda

Friday 17 May

Plenary 6. Conference recommendations and the way forward

Hon Ahmed Babar Jamar Mohammed, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana
Hon Peter l Siele, Minister of Local Governemnt, Botswana
Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis, President, Australian Local Government Association
Mayor Orlando Nagessar, Chairperson, Trinidad and Tobago Association of Local Government Authorities

Closing session

Video message from Hon Julia Gillard MP, Former Prime Minister of Australia and Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office


Keynote Presentation on behalf of HE President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria delivered by Hon Kabiru Kanimo Turaki, Special Duties and Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Nigeria

Receipt of conference recommendations

Max Everest-Philips, Director, GIDD, Commonwealth Secretariat on behalf of Commonwealth Secretary-General

Closing remarks

Carl Wright, CLGF Secretary-General
Cllr Odok Peter W’Oceng, President, Uganda Local Governments Association
Hon Adolf Mwesige, Minister of Local Government, Uganda
Mayor Lawrence Yule, CLGF Chairperson

Closing address

HE Edward Ssekandi, Vice President of Uganda