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|Industry||Sustainable Development at the local level|
|Founded||1990, New York City, U.S.A.|
|Headquarters||Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7, 53113 Bonn, Germany|
|Employees||approximately 200 (worldwide)|
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. The association was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at its inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York in September 1990. Today, more than 1200 cities, towns, counties, and their associations in 70 countries comprise ICLEI's growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs. It provides 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. ICLEI's basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
The organization is now officially called 'ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability'. In 2003, ICLEI's Members voted to revise the organization's mission, charter and name to better reflect the current challenges local governments are facing. The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives became 'ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability' with a broader mandate to address sustainability issues.
The organization promotes the following programs for local-level adoption and implementation as described on their website.
- the Rio Conventions:
- The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,
- The UN Convention on Biological Diversity,
- The UN Convention to Combat Desertification
- Agenda 21
- the Habitat Agenda
- the Millennium Development Goals
- the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation
ICLEI is a democratic organization with each local government Member holding a position on the Council. The Council convenes every three years at an ICLEI World Congress and establishes ICLEI's priorities and direction through the adoption of a six-year Strategic Plan. The most recent ICLEI World Congress was held in Edmonton from 14 to 18 June 2009. Members elect 21 representatives to serve on the Executive Committee, which oversees the implementation of the Strategic Plan and ICLEI operations.
ICLEI - Capacity Center 
The ICLEI Capacity Center, formerly the International Training Centre, is the training and conference service unit of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
ICLEI legally represents and hosts the Secretariat of the EcoMobility Alliance. The Secretariat office is in Bonn, Germany. The EcoMobility Alliance is an international non-profit partnership that works to promote EcoMobility and thus reduce citizens’ dependency on private motorized vehicles worldwide. EcoMobility Alliance is the follow-up of the Global Alliance for EcoMobility, founded by a group of leading global organizations on the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007.. The EcoMobility Alliance is chaired by the City of Changwon.
For the current full list of member cities and organizations, visit ICLEI's membership page.
In 2012, the John Birch Society released a film, Agenda 21: How Will It Affect You?, criticizing the Agenda 21 program. The film targets the 1992 Earth Summit and the ICLEI's involvement in local communities, and claims that "the UN sustainability agenda eventually seeks to curtail people’s choices in terms of food, transportation, housing — even family size, as in Communist China."
- ICLEI Homepage
- Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot February 2012, regarding the Tea Party movement
- http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N92/836/55/PDF/N9283655.pdf?OpenElement[dead link]