Who We Are

ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is the world's leading network of over 1,500 cities, towns, and regions committed to building a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable,​ low-carbon, ecomobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 20% of the global urban population.

ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS), based in Manila, Philippines, currently serves ICLEI Members in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Established in 1999, ICLEI SEAS began its work in the region with the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) campaign in the Philippines, which was expanded to Thailand and Indonesia in 2002. Since then, ICLEI Membership has grown rapidly in these three countries, leading to the establishment of the Indonesia Office in 2013 and adding Malaysia into the fold in 2014.

What We Do

ICLEI SEAS assists Member local governments by designing, promoting, and drawing external support for programs and campaigns that develop local resiliency and sustainability. We enter partnerships in order to build a regional and national policy environment that strengthens local governments and promotes local sustainability. We bring local government leaders together with experts, industry leaders, academics, and national international agencies for exchanges on potential solutions to a wide range of urban challenges.

Over the past years, ICLEI SEAS has gained recognition for its efforts in empowering cities in Southeast Asia. It continues to inspire local action for regional and global sustainability.

Our 10 Urban Agendas

Sustainable City

Sustainable cities ensure an environmentally, socially, and economically healthy and resilient habitat for existing populations.

Low-carbon City

A low-carbon city pursues a step-by-step approach towards carbon neutrality, urban resilience, and energy security.

Resource-efficient and Productive City

Resource-efficient cities ensure that their development is significantly decoupled from resource exploitation and ecological

Resilient City

A resilient city is prepared to absorb and recover from any shock or stress while maintaining its essential functions.


Biodiverse cities understand that a diverse natural world is necessary for both survival and quality of life.

Smart City

A smart city has embedded “smartness” into its operations, guided by the overarching goal of becoming more sustainable and resilient.

EcoMobile City

An EcoMobile city creates a more livable and accessible city by utilizing sustainable urban mobility principles.

Healthy, Happy, and Inclusive Communities

Healthy, happy, and inclusive communities look beyond GDP to health and happiness for all as the primary indicator for development.

Sustainable Local Economy & Procurement

A sustainable local economy improves human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks.

Sustainable City-Region Cooperation

City-region cooperation builds the conditions necessary to advance sustainability on the local, regional, and subnational level.

Our Mission and Vision

ICLEI’s Mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability, with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions.

Our Vision:

Connecting Leaders ICLEI is a growing Association of cities and local governments leading the way in sustainable development with worldwide presence, which connects leaders in strategic alliances, which prepares cities for the future, whose voice is heard, and which is attractive to be a member of, work for, and partner with.

Accelerating Action ICLEI is a high-energy, flexible Movement of local governments working together in national, regional, and international networks; engaging in global campaigns for sustainability, participating in performance-based programs, advancing through an international exchange of experiences and solutions – a movement which is supported by campaigns, programs, and strategic alliances.

Gateway to Solutions ICLEI is an effective sustainability and environmental Agency strengthening local governments’ capacity to find radical solutions and act rapidly; providing advanced knowledge and delivering training to local planners and decision makers; showing creativity and excellence in developing innovative methods and tools; and serving as cities’ and local governments’ gateway to solutions for the future.