ICLEI Law and Legal Definition
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is an international association of local governments and their associations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. The association was established by more than 200 local governments from forty three countries, and convened its inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations. More than 1000 cities, towns, counties, and their associations in sixty eight 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.
The ICLEI was formed with the objective that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives. 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.