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


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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

Building for today and the future

Advancing a just transition in the built environment


About the project

Decisions about what gets built, where and how have major implications for people’s lives now and for many years to come. Decarbonizing strategies in the built environment currently neglect the social risks of an “unjust” transition that leaves workers and communities behind, as well as the specific opportunities and strategies for a just transition.

The building for today and the future project will strengthen pathways to just climate action in the built environment, combining deep dives in eight cities worldwide with international-level advocacy while building and supporting collective action along the way.


Building for today and the future aims to:

  • Ensure the right to adequate housing, which encompasses elements such as security of tenure, affordability and habitability
  • Consider construction workers’ rights, on site and through supply chains
  • Apply non-discrimination and spatial justice, so that climate action in the built environment reduces rather than deepens existing inequality
  • Implement meaningful participation, so that all residents have opportunities to shape decisions that impact their lives


Through Building for today and the future, ICLEI is:

  • Advocating for stakeholder-informed policies at local, regional and national levels to advance the just transition
  • Strengthening the evidence base for a just transition in the built environment, through action research
  • Build a collective narrative(s) through visioning sessions, narrative-building and the sharing of inspiring examples
  • Influencing policy and practice by governments, finance and business
  • Inspiring next generations through university partnerships, guest lectures and academic engagements/publications


The project is implemented by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and IHRB – Institute for Human Rights and Business with the support of Laudes Foundation and Ove Arup Foundation.

Contact us

For more information or questions, please contact circular.development@iclei.org

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