ICLEI'Local Governments for Sustainability is a worldwide association of local governments that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 550 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI's growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs.
Since 1993, more than 770 cities worldwide have reacted to climate change's negative impacts by participating in ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign. The CCP is the largest and most effective global movement of local governments to act on climate change. ICLEI's Local Renewables Model Communities Program and the Sustainable Procurement Campaign support local governments in the transition towards sustainable, energy-efficient solutions.
We provide 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. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. The council was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at our inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York.