May 20th, 2016

“Smart city solutions indispensable for tackling urbanisation challenge,” says Commonwealth Local Government Forum

LONDON, 20 MAY 2016 – Carl Wright, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) has called for urgent and smart use of technology to help address the ever-growing global urbanisation challenge.

Although the trend towards decentralised government in Commonwealth countries continues, urban centres also continue to grow, with greater need for efficiency in areas such as energy, public transport and other services, and smart city solutions through better use of technology will be essential to making our cities more efficient,” Mr Wright said during a lecture he delivered today on smart cities at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in London.


From the left: Secretaries General Shola Taylor and Carl Wright shortly before the lecture on the smart cities challenge, 20 May 2016, London

The lecture was part of the CTO’s new monthly lecture series initiated by host Secretary-General Shola Taylor earlier this year.

The CLGF provides unique support to local government authorities and communities in our member countries. They have a unique understanding of the growing social and demographic urban challenge as more rural and semi-urban populations continue to migrate to larger urban centres. Through e-government and other technology-centric solutions, ICTs provide us with opportunities to manage this change more effectively,” said Mr Taylor.

CLGF works to promote and strengthen democratic local government across the Commonwealth and to encourage the exchange of best practice – through conferences and events, projects and research. Working with national and local governments to support the development of democratic values and good local governance.

As a Commonwealth organisation, CLGF draws on the influential network of the Commonwealth that provides a solid basis for its programmes and activities. As an associated organisation officially recognised by Commonwealth Heads of Government, CLGF is well-placed to influence policy development and lead on democracy and good governance at local level.

Present at the two-hour event were representatives of high commissions and industry.

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About the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organisation in the field of information and communication technologies. Although our history can be traced back to 1901 with the establishment of the Pacific Cable Board, the organisation has only existed in its present form as an intergovernmental treaty organisation since 1967. With a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, small island developing states, and more recently also the private sector and civil society, the CTO aims to become a trusted partner for sustainable development for all through ICTs.