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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability


ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading network of cities, towns and metropolises committed​ to building​ a sustainable future.

By helping Members to make their cities and regions sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, ecomobile, biodiverse, resource-efficient and productive, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, ICLEI’s actions and initiatives impact over 20% of the world’s urban population.

ICLEI was founded in 1990 by 200 local governments from 43 countries who convened for the first World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Operations started in 1991 at the World Secretariat in Toronto, Canada, and the European Secretariat in Freiburg, Germany.

ICLEI’s first global programs were Local Agenda 21, a program promoting participatory governance and local sustainable development planning, and Cities for Climate Protection™ (CCP), the world’s first and largest program supporting cities in climate action planning using a five milestone process including greenhouse gas emissions inventories to systematically reduce emissions. ICLEI’s programs and campaigns looked beyond mere environmental aspects and embraced wider sustainability issues. The ICLEI Council acknowledged this and formally broadened the mandate of the association in 2003, renaming the association ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

As the organizer of World Cities’ EU-Canada Cooperation and EU-Japan Dialogue, the ICLEI World Secretariat executes the exchanges’ working meetings and study visits in conjunction with ICLEI’s Canada Office and Japan Office.

More information about ICLEI can be found at ICLEI’s website here.