ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.


ICLEI World Secretariat
Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7
53113 Bonn

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

ICLEI Regional Secretariats and country offices

BMZ project – Just Transition Redefinition

What we are doing

Since 30 years, ICLEI has been promoting and supporting local & regional governments (LRGs) worldwide to accelerate local climate action, by (a) mobilising political commitment, (b) guiding the definition and implementation of strategies and plans through methodological process support, (c) supporting implementation and (d) access to finance; also by (e) ensuring transparent reporting and (f) representing LRGs and their territories at UN level. The primary focus in this project is on the ICLEI network of member & network cities, towns & regions in in the global South, the secondary target group is ICLEI network in the rest of the world. The climate emergency needs accelerated local action. Scientific experts from the IPCC and IPBES state that 1.5 degrees Celsius (°C) global warming will already be reached by the 2030s. The anticipated impacts are extensive, dangerous and disastrous. With a 2°C we expect a ten-fold impact. Urgent climate action is needed, while planning and implementing a just transition to a new future that will help achieve other global goals such as eradicating hunger and ensuring good health, access to sustainable energy and employment. ICLEI understands the urgency of action, and addresses local and regional governments – calling on accelerated action by 2030, and progressing towards climate neutrality.

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How we are tracking

Two expected high level outcomes are: i) Informing a Climate COP decision with input from Daring Cities, addressing the climate emergency and just transition. ii) Well-informed local and regional governments (LRGs) from the Global South in ICLEI's network on how to embed the just transition into their local climate planning and action.

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What we are achieving

This project aims to support the global climate work and coordination of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability. e.V. (referred to as “ICLEI” or ICLEI World Secretariat / ICLEI WS) in its mandate to address sustainable urban development and the climate emergency, embracing the just transition as a central concept in climate action. The action-oriented approach will be implemented through activities aligned with and fitting to the Decade of Sustainability Action, firstly through three Daring Cities Forums (between 2023 and 2025) that address the climate emergency and secondly through climate-related activities addressing the just transition as part of ICLEI’s support to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to progress efficiently and inclusively towards climate neutrality - addressing the topics of climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience; access to finance; reporting to track progress; and informed decision-making. Two corresponding work packages (WPs) cluster activities: WP 1: ICLEI’s Daring Cities Forums 2023, 2024, and 2025 addressing themes relevant to the climate emergency WP 2: Just Transition and NDC support All activities will address increasing awareness, information flow, knowledge generation and sharing, as well as capacity building of LRGs in the global South through virtual events and learning, making available guidance, methodologies and tools.

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ICLEI World Secretariat
European Secretariat
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg, Germany
Brussels Office
Av. de Tervuren 35
1040 Bruxelles
Berlin Office
St. Oberholz ROS Team Room 4.02
Rosenthaler Str. 72a
10119 Berlin
Physical address:
Unit 1, 2nd Floor,
South Tower
Sable Park, 14 Bridge
Century City
Cape Town
South Africa
Tyger Valley, South Africa
ICLEI Africa Foundation
Ebène Junction, Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
North America
USA Office
536 Wynkoop St.
Suite 901
Denver, Colorado
USA 80202
Canada Office
401 Richmond St. W
Studio 204
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3A8, Canada
British Columbia Office
Victoria City Hall
1 Centennial Square
BC V8W 1P6
Québec Office
Montréal City Hall
275 Notre-Dame St E
QC H2Y 1C6
Central America & the Caribbean
Mexico, Central American and Caribbean Secretariat
Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 13
Building Miguel Abed, Floor 5 Of. 506 and 507,
Col. Centro, CP 06050 Del.
Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico
South America
South American Secretariat
Rua Marquês de Itu 70, 14° andar.
São Paulo, SP, Brasil
CEP 01223-000
Colombia Office
Carrera 53 N° 40A - 31,
Medellín, Antioquia – Colombia
Argentina Office
Boulevard Gálvez, 1150 Planta Alta.
Rosário, Santa Fé, Argentina
South Asia
South Asia Secretariat
c, 3, Green Park Extension Road, Block B, Green Park Extension, Green Park, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Southern Center
Door No. 6-3-596/47/2
Sri Venkata Ramana Colony
Hyderabad 500 004
Andhra Pradesh
East Asia
East Asia Secretariat
14/F, Seoul Global Center Building, 38 Jongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (110-110)
Japan Office
1-14-2 Nishi-Shimbashi,
Tokyo, Japan 105-0003
Kaohsiung Capacity Center
4F. No.436, Daye N. Rd.
Xiaogang Dist.
Kaohsiung City 812
Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Korea Office
217-59 Kintex-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 10390, Republic of Korea
Beijing Office
B1010 Xiaoyun Center, No. 15
Beijing 100125,
Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Secretariat
c/o The Manila Observatory Ateneo de Manila University Campus Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1101 Manila, Philippines
ICLEI Indonesia Project Office
Jl. Karbela Sel. No.46, RT.2/RW.4, Kuningan, Karet, South Jakarta City, Jakarta 12940, Indonesia
Oceania Secretariat
l8/225 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia