Global Forum on Local Development Report

Global Forum on Local Development Report

Pursuing the MDGs through Local Government

January 2011

The central question of the first Global Forum on Local Development was if - and how - local governments are underexploited as engines for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and which concrete steps need to be taken to unleash their potential. This question brought together over 600 participants from 81 countries for three days of discussion and debate in Kampala, Uganda. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the Global Forum. It chronicles benefited from the advice, contributions and support of a great number of people. The Government of Uganda was a gracious and generous host.

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With only five years to go until the 2015 deadline, many countries are off track to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Progress is further threatened by the effects of the global economic crisis and the challenges of climate change, with the least developed and fragile states facing particular vulnerabilities.

As central governments wrestle with multiple and growing challenges, local governments could play a significant role in accelerating progress toward the MDGs. What are the keys to unleashing their development potential?

The Global Forum on Local Development: Pursuing the MDGs through Local Government is a high-level event being convened by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Uganda, and supported by a wide range of partners. Read more about the Partners

It will look at the role of local governments in fighting poverty, promoting local development and accelerating progress toward the MDGs. What concrete steps can local governments take - in partnership with central authorities, the private sector and communities - to advance the MDG agenda? How can local governments create innovative partnerships and tap into social and institutional resources to improve local conditions, livelihoods and well-being? Read more about the Forum

The Global Forum will bring together Heads of state and Government Ministers, as well as representatives of the donor community, international organizations, local governments, local government associations, academia, civil society and the private sector for three days of discussion and debate.

The Forum's participants include national governments, local governments, civil society, local government associations, donor partners, and researchers. While geographic representation will focus primarily on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), there will be several representatives from non-least developed countries sharing their insightful experiences in promoting local development through local government. Read more about the participants

The Global Forum is a high-level event by invitation only. To inquire about participation please write to


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