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About ICLEI

Established in 1999, ICLEI Oceania is the Regional Secretariat for ICLEI and is hosted by the City of Melbourne. ICLEI Oceania is also the Oceania Secretariat for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a network of more than 1,500 local and regional governments, supported by a team of global experts, driving sustainable urban development worldwide. Active in 100+ countries, we impact over 25 percent of the global urban population.

ICLEI firmly believes that sustainable cities are the foundation of a just and sustainable world. We make sustainability an integral part of urban development and bring a strong urban component to national and global sustainability policy. ICLEI creates systemic change in urban areas through practical, integrated solutions. We anticipate and respond to complex challenges, from urbanization and climate change to ecosystem degradation and inequity, working in cities, towns and regions of all sizes.

Collective action delivers our global impact. ICLEI leads knowledge exchange and sparks city-to-city and city-to-region connections worldwide. Peer exchange and capacity building are at the core of what we do. The structure of the ICLEI network enables us to build connections across the local, regional, national and global levels. We advocate robust national and global sustainability policies that reflects the interests of local and regional governments and their citizens, and translate global policy into action. Through our collective efforts, ICLEI is building a sustainable urban world to shift the trajectory of global development.

Our definition of 'sustainability'

Sustainability is the capacity of cities and towns to meet the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Sustainable development must simultaneously protect and enhance the Earth’s life support systems. A continuing process, this requires the sharing and management of economic, environmental and social resources equitably within the community. The United Nations Secretary General at the ICLEI Global Town Hall held at Rio+20 stated - 'The road to sustainability is through the world's cities and towns'.