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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Type International organization
Founded 1990, Toronto, Canada
Headquarters 401 Richmond St. Studio 417, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8 Canada
Industry Sustainable Development at the local level
Employees approximately 200 (worldwide)

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 1000 cities, towns, counties, and their associations in 68 countries comprise ICLEI's growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs. It provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. ICLEI's basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.

ICLEI is the largest association of local governments worldwide working on sustainable development.

Explaining the acronym

David Capman, president of ICLEI since 2007

ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives'. The association was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at its inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York in September 1990.

The organization is now officially called 'ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability'. In 2003, ICLEI's Members voted to revise the organization's mission, charter and name to better reflect the current challenges local governments are facing. The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives became 'ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability' with a broader mandate to address sustainability issues.


ICLEI is a democratic organization with each local government Member holding a position on the Council. The Council convenes every three years at an ICLEI World Congress and establishes ICLEI's priorities and direction through the adoption of a six-year Strategic Plan. The most recent ICLEI World Congress was held in Edmonton from 14 to 18 June 2009. Members elect 21 representatives to serve on the Executive Committee, which oversees the implementation of the Strategic Plan and ICLEI operations.

ICLEI - International Training Centre

The ICLEI International Training Centre is the training and conference service unit of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.


ICLEI legally represents and hosts the Secretariat of the Global Alliance for EcoMobility. The Secretariat office is in Bonn, Germany. The Global Alliance for EcoMobility is an international non-profit partnership that works to promote EcoMobility and thus reduce citizens’ dependency on private motorized vehicles worldwide. It was founded by a group of leading global organizations on the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007.

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