ICLEI Europe


  • Siegfried Zöllner
    Project Officer


Leopoldring 3 D-79098 Freiburg, Germany


  • Phone : +49-761 – 3 68 92-0
  • Twitter : https://twitter.com/ICLEI_Europe

About us

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) was founded in 1990 (as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) at its inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York. ICLEI is an international association of local governments and national / regional local government organisations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 1.200 cities, towns, counties and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI’s growing membership, with about 200 located in Europe. ICLEI works with these and numerous other local governments through performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programmes to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable urban development.

Linked to this global network, ICLEI’s European Secretariat is based in Freiburg, Germany (www.iclei-europe.org). This office has a staff of 45, with a wide range of expertise and extensive experience in European project coordination and partnering. It provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local governments in the implementation of sustainable development at community level. The organisation’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 sharing of experiences and replication of good examples form a solid foundation for activities.

The link to the international area, in addition to its global representation and the World Secretariat, ICLEI is an international local government association that has observer status with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It acts as the Local Government and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Focal Point to the UNFCCC and is the lead organisation representing local governments at the International climate negotiation meetings (climate COPs). It acts as facilitator of the Local Government Climate Roadmap process, which can also contribute to the visibility of this proposed action, in particular focusing on good practice and exemplary initiatives.