What we do

ICLEI works at multiple scales, building connections across local, regional, national and global actors and policies. We create systems change, developing integrated solutions along five interconnected development pathways that transform urban areas. 

ICLEI experts are on the ground, working alongside local and regional governments to anticipate and respond to complex challenges, from urbanization and climate change to ecosystem degradation and inequity. We invest in the capacity and knowledge needed to design solutions to these challenges and make decisions informed by data, scientific evidence and local realities and pressures. 

ICLEI leads knowledge exchange and sparks city-to-city and city-to-region connections worldwide. Peer exchange and capacity building are at the heart of what we do.  

At the national and global scales, we push for robust policies that reflect the interests of local and regional governments and apply global policy to sustainable urban development strategies at the subnational level.

ICLEI forms strategic alliances with international organizations, national governments, academic and financial institutions, civil society and the private sector. We create space for innovation and lead our partners to build new ways to support sustainable development at the urban scale. 

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Featured global activities

The 100% RE Cities and Regions Network

The 100% RE Cities and Regions Network supports local and regional governments as they commit to and deliver on 100 percent renewable energy targets, by bringing networking, peer learning, technical guidance and the latest renewable energy research and findings to participants. Local and regional governments in the network accelerate the global renewable energy transition by making commitments to 100 percent renewable energy and driving uptake in their territories - especially in electricity, heating and cooling and transport in community and government operations.

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Transformative Actions Program

The Transformative Actions Program (TAP) is a project pipeline and a project preparation facility designed to catalyze and improve capital flows to cities, towns and regions and strengthen the capacity of local and regional governments to access climate finance and attract investment. Through the TAP, local and regional governments develop climate project concepts into low-risk, high-feasibility, high-impact sustainable infrastructure projects.

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Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

The Global Lead City Network (GLCN) on Sustainable Procurement is a group of 14 cities committed to driving the transition to sustainable consumption and production through sustainable procurement. Cities participating in the network use sustainable and innovative public procurement to achieve value for money and generate benefits for the environment, society, economy and local governments. All participating cities are ambassadors of sustainable procurement, creating a resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible society.

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Urban-LEDS

Urban-LEDS aims to accelerate urban low emission development and climate resilience in more than 60 cities worldwide using a multilevel governance approach to urban climate action. Through Urban-LEDS, cities develop Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) and work together to implement their plans and develop pilot projects and finance models for LEDS implementation. Urban-LEDS strengthens cooperation and information sharing across national and local governments, positioning all levels of government to advance, track and deliver on global climate and sustainability goals.

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Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

Through the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, local and regional governments, host organizations and national ministries of climate, environment and urbanization, among others, convene to take stock of, shape and strengthen Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a response to the Talanoa Dialogue, launched by the Fijian Government at COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Conference, as part of efforts to strengthen climate action globally.

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Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) is a global alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society. It is the broadest global alliance committed to climate leadership, building on the commitment of over 9,000 cities and local governments from six continents and more than 127 countries.

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Ambitious City Promises

The Ambitious City Promises project is designed to capacitate local governments, engage citizens and drive climate action as part of developing Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS). Through this project, major cities in Southeast Asia are adapting the Promise of Seoul, a comprehensive climate strategy developed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, to set inclusive, ambitious climate action in motion, by mainstreaming LEDS and creating new climate leaders through city-to-city exchange.

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INTERACT-Bio

The INTERACT-Bio project is designed to improve the utilization and management of nature within fast-growing cities in the Global South and the regions surrounding them. It aims to provide expanding urban communities in the Global South with nature-based solutions and associated long-term benefits. The project enables governments at all levels to integrate their efforts to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services into core subnational government functions, such as spatial planning, land-use management, local economic development and infrastructure design.

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Urban Transitions Alliance

The Urban Transitions Alliance presents an opportunity for cities with industrial legacies to become global leaders in sustainable urban development. Through the Urban Transitions Alliance, cities are part of a growing network and knowledge exchange hub of innovative urban transition policies and projects. The alliance supports industrial legacy cities to identify common challenges, share knowledge and co-create solutions to successfully guide their individual sustainable transitions. Participating cities shape the exchange focus according to their most-pressing needs related to infrastructure, mobility, energy and social transitions.

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EcoMobility Alliance

Founded in 2011, the EcoMobility Alliance is a network of ambitious local and regional governments aiming to become ecomobility frontrunners by prioritizing people and the environment when it comes to transport planning. Through a service-oriented structure, collective learning exercises, peer-to-peer exchanges and joint activities, EcoMobility Alliance participants help each other achieve self-defined sustainable transport goals.

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EcoLogistics

To EcoLogistics project is designed to advance effective regulatory, planning and logistical instruments at all levels of government to support low emission urban freight. Participating project cities develop viable alternatives to low-quality, diesel-powered freight vehicles, particularly for last-mile logistics. A key target for the project is the development of national policy recommendations based on the outcomes observed in the project cities.

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CITYFOOD Network

The ICLEI-RUAF CITYFOOD Network aims to accelerate local and regional government action on sustainable and resilient city-region food systems. Through peer learning and city-to-city exchange, the CITYFOOD Network promotes food security, nutrition and social inclusion, combining networking with training, policy guidance and technical expertise. Active in both the Global North and South, CITYFOOD is building a strong south-south-north exchange platform for learning among cities. It establishes direct connections with people on the ground and staff engaged in policy development.

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Resilient Cities congress series

Resilient Cities – the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn. For the past decade, 4,000 participants, representing local governments, researchers, intergovernmental bodies, businesses and civil society, have come together at Resilient Cities to look at the latest issues and trends in urban resilience, forge new partnerships and exchange ideas and good practices.

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City Climate Planner program

The City Climate Planner program helps city staff and their partners develop the skills needed to advance local climate action in cities worldwide. Through training and professional certifications offered through the program, urban professionals become better equipped to support the development of greenhouse gas emissions inventories and low emission development and climate adaptation plans.

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Global District Energy in Cities

The District Energy in Cities initiative supports local and regional governments in building know-how and implementing enabling policies that accelerate investment in low carbon and climate-resilient district energy systems. The initiative provides capacity building and technical assistance to local governments and their partners as they develop enabling policies, address barriers, unlock investment and scale up modern district energy in cities.

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carbonn Climate Registry

The carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) is the leading global reporting platform for local and regional governments tackling climate change. Through the cCR, local and regional governments publicly report, monitor and benchmark their climate mitigation and adaptation commitments, plans, actions and performance. The platform uses reporting tools consistent with global standards and protocols and facilitates measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) climate action.

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Building Efficiency Accelerator

The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) is a public-private collaboration that turns global expertise into action to accelerate implementation of building efficiency policies and programs. Through the BEA, local and regional governments access tools, expertise and technical support to facilitate implementation of and reporting on energy efficiency measures.

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