ICLEI SD Labs Program is one of the initiatives developed within the framework of ICLEI South America's Leaders of the Future action course, which allows strengthening the link between higher education institutions and local governments through case studies regarding the challenges faced by public administrations. The SD Lab with Northeastern University is currently studying Fortaleza's Climate Action Plan. Fortaleza is an Urban-LEDS II project city, and their Climate Action Plan was developed in 2015. The city has recently published their last updated GHG Emissions Inventory and is also carrying out a Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and an Adaptation Plan, which reinforces the need of their Climate Action Plan's update. Through ICLEI SD Labs Northeastern, ICLEI aims to foster the development of a partnership between the academy and public administration with a constructive exchange of information and experience. Included in this program are the analyses of strategic plans and the scientific critique of public policies and other projects related to sustainable development. For the development of the Leaders of the Future activities, which involved SD Labs, ICLEI South America started partnerships with other institutions also involved in projects related to education and international academic exchange, such as Campus B, an agency specialized in academic exchanges.