Who We Are

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.

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. In 2016, ICLEI SEAS started its presence in Vietnam and Laos.

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 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.