Local and regional governments, and ICLEI

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action through our five pathways towards low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient, and circular development.

ICLEI makes sustainability an integral part of urban development and creates systemic change in urban areas through practical, integrated solutions. We help cities, towns and regions anticipate and respond to complex challenges, from rapid urbanization and climate change to ecosystem degradation and inequity.

The local and regional governments in our network confront these challenges by incorporating sustainability into day-to-day operations and policy. We invest in the capacity and knowledge needed to design solutions and make decisions informed by data, scientific evidence, and local realities and pressures. Our five pathways are designed to create systemic change.

We work in cities, towns and regions of all sizes, with varying capacities and challenges. Many have set and reached ambitious targets and are at the forefront of sustainability, pioneering new solutions and challenging the status quo. Others are taking early steps towards transformation, strengthening their systems and capacities to achieve sustainability goals.

Across the world, ICLEI brings the latest global knowledge and solutions to the local context. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.

ICLEI creates connections among the local, regional, national and global governmental levels, and forges strategic alliances with international organizations, national governments, academic and financial institutions, civil society, and the private sector. We create space for innovation within our multi-disciplinary teams and work alongside our partners to create new ways to support sustainable development at the urban scale.

When a pioneering group of local and regional governments founded ICLEI, they took action before sustainability was widely viewed as fundamental to development. For decades, our efforts have continued to put sustainability at the top of the agenda for local and regional governments across the world.

Over time, ICLEI has expanded and developed, and we are now working in more than 100 countries, with global experts in 22 offices. Through our collective efforts to build a sustainable urban world, ICLEI is shifting the trajectory of global development.

<h2 style=”text-align: left;”>The ICLEI Network</h2>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Local and regional governments across the ICLEI network represent a diversity of cities, towns, and regions. Collectively, they form a dynamic force advancing sustainable urban development worldwide.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>The ICLEI Network is made up of our Members, who serve in governance roles, elect our leadership, and engage in ICLEI’s activities, advocacy and mission, and ICLEI Network cities and regions, which are local governments actively engaged in ICLEI activities. You can search for these activities in the <strong><a style=”color: #ffe461;” href=”http://eastasia.iclei.org/activities-database/”>Activity Database</a></strong>.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Our growing network reaches:</p>

  • 2500+

    cities, towns and regions

  • 125+

    countries worldwide

  • 25%+

    global urban population

  • 20%+

    global population

Become an ICLEI Member

Become a Member of ICLEI and enjoy exclusive Member benefits and participate in the governance of the leading network of cities committed to building a sustainable urban future.

Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 7, 53113 Bonn, Germany
World Secretariat
European Secretariat
Leopoldring 3, 79098 Freiburg, Germany
European Secretariat
Brussels Office
Rue du Luxembourg 19-21, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Africa Secretariat
Unit 1, 2nd Floor, South Tower, Sable Park, 14 Bridge Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town, 7441
Africa Secretariat
Canada Office
401 Richmond St W suite 204, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8, Canada
Canada Office
USA Office
1536 Wynkoop St #901, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Secretariat
Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 13 Edificio Miguel Abed Piso 5 Oficinas 506 y 507, Alcaldía Cuauhtémoc, Centro 06050 CDMX, México
Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Secretariat
South America Secretariat
Rua Marquês de Itu, 70 - 14º andar Vila Buarque CEP 01223-000 São Paulo, SP, Brasil
South America Secretariat
South Asia Secretariat
Ground Floor, NSIC-STP Complex NSIC Bhawan, Okhla Industrial Estate New Delhi – 110020, India
South Asia Secretariat
Korea Office
17-59 Kintex-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 10390, Republic of Korea
Kaohsiung Capacity Center
4F. No.436, Daye N. Rd., Xiaogang Dist., Kaohsiung City 812, Taiwan
Kaohsiung Capacity Center
Japan Office
1-14-2 Nishi-Shimbashi,Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 105-0003
Japan Office
East Asia Secretariat
14/F, Seoul Global Center Building, 38 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (110-110)
East Asia Secretariat
Southeast Asia Secretariat
Manila Observatory Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Hts., Quezon City 1108 Philippines
Southeast Asia Secretariat
Oceania Secretariat
level 1/200 Little Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia
ICLEI Oceania Secretariat