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Delegates attending Commonwealth Local Government Conference (CLGC) in Botswana’s capital Gaborone have declared support measures to development, amid challenges. Commonwealth
The 4-day conference closed on Friday attracted more than 500 delegates from Commonwealth of Nations, organizations and other relevant parties.
Speaking during the closing ceremony on Friday, Botswana Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi said rapid urbanization has resulted in both economic opportunities and serious challenges for local governments.
Those challenges are in the form of air and water pollution, deteriorating infrastructure, increased violence and crime, poverty and urban slums and the invasion of ecologically fragile environments, he said.
Local governments therefore face pressures both from citizens and businesses to enhance their rural and urban settlements and improve transportation and information technology infrastructure, said the VP.
The conference saw adoption of a declaration which said local governments everywhere will continue to be confronted by many unexpected short term challenges between 2015 to 2030, arising out of economic uncertainties, natural disasters, conflict and insurgency, and major human tragedies such as the current migration crisis.
To strengthen national development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), commonwealth local governments reached the declaration calling for efforts to promote local democracy and good governance, achieve economic growth and local economic development, create sustainable cities and local governments, ensure capacity and resources and localize SDGs. Enditem

-Xinhua

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