Project coordinator


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations’ agency for sustainable urban development. Through its World Urban Campaign and technical support it promotes efficient and realistic planning at national, regional and local levels as the most effective way to develop our cities to meet increasing demand for urban shelter and services. UN-Habitat organizes its work around the following areas: urban planning and design; urban legislation, land and governance; urban economy; urban basic services; housing and slum upgrading; risk reduction and rehabilitation; and research and capacity development. The Urban-LEDS II project is co-ordinated globally by the Climate Change Planning Unit of UN-Habitat, based in Nairobi, Kenya. UN-Habitat Regional Offices support the implementing partners in Asia via the Regional Office for Asia Pacific, Africa via the Regional Office for Africa and the Country office for Rwanda, and in South America via the Regional Office for Latina America and the Caribbean, and the country office for Colombia.

Implementing partners

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI is the leading global network of 1,500+ cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. Through our collective efforts, we impact more than 25 percent of the global urban population. At the ICLEI World Congress 2018 in Montréal, local and regional leaders across the ICLEI network released the ICLEI Montréal Commitment and Strategic Vision. This vision orients their path towards urban transformation and sets a course for delivering on the global sustainable development agenda.
The ICLEI Montréal Commitment defines low emission, nature-based, circular, resilient and equitable development as five interconnected pathways towards sustainability. ICLEI supports these pathways through policy approaches related to governance, innovation and finance. By committing to this vision, local and regional governments are leading the way towards a fossil fuel free era, stimulating the green economy through sustainable public procurement, developing urban low emission, climate-resilient, mobility-friendly development strategies – and more.

ICLEI World Secretariat

The World Secretariat holds a diverse portfolio of sustainable development projects, partnerships and initiatives, and promotes integrated action at the urban scale as a means to achieve local, regional, national and global sustainable development goals. The World Secretariat holds a strong climate and low emission development portfolio, involving on-the-ground capacity building and technical support, as well as global advocacy, bridging these two scales as a core part of our work.

ICLEI World Secretariat is based in Bonn, Germany and engages in international discussions, climate negotiations and global platforms in order to promote the local government perspective and optimize local-national-international synergies and cooperation. ICLEI World Secretariat acts as Focal Point of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency at the UNFCCC to coordinate the local government observers at the intergovernmental climate negotiations and ensure effective communication with the UNFCCC Secretariat, and is in the Founders Council of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM).

ICLEI World Secretariat also manages the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting – carbonn® which plays a central role in this regard. Established in 2009 as an initiative of ICLEI and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), carbonn® promotes visibility of local climate action and runs a global reporting platform for cities, the carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR) , an online database that serves as tool to advocate for local governments, providing good quality data on community targets, performance and achievements reported by local governments. cCR serves as reporting platform to 15 initiatives, among which the GCoM.

From a relevant thematic perspective, ICLEI for example also takes part in the United Nations Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement ICLEI World Secretariat coordinates the other 22 Regional offices in several global projects on several themes, such as ecomobility, city-business collaboration, stakeholder engagement and building sector; and leads on initiatives on climate change resilience, capacity building, MRV systems and other cross sectoral activities such as access to finance, tailor made for local governments.
In this regards, ICLEI is managing the Transformative Action Program (TAP), a project pipeline and a project preparation facility that acts as an incubator that supports local and regional governments by catalyzing capital flows for low-to-no emission and climate-resilient development. Through the TAP, local and regional governments can access services offered by ICLEI and partners to support to develop transformative local infrastructure projects, “transformative” – meaning ambitious, cross-cutting and inclusive.

ICLEI Africa Secretariat

The ICLEI Africa Secretariat is the African regional office for ICLEI and based in Cape Town in South Africa. ICLEI Africa collaborates closely with the global ICLEI network and other regional offices around the world, in sharing tools, materials and strategies and good practices specifically designed and implemented at the local level.

In addition to the work done in Africa, ICLEI Africa is home to the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Centre which has ICLEI’s mandate to engage globally with local governments on biodiversity-related matters.

ICLEI European Secretariat

The ICLEI European Secretariat is the regional ICLEI office dealing with the wider European geographical region, including some countries from Asia and Africa. It is based in Freiburg, Germany, and has implementation offices in Brussels, Belgium and Berlin, Germany. It offers practical tools and guidance to local governments (addressing both local leaders and municipal staff), as well as training programmes. Since 2006, ICLEI Europe has been supporting the work of the European Commission regarding green public procurement (GPP).
ICLEI Europe is a Covenant of Mayors (CoM) Supporter, in turn linking the GCoM to global developments and relevant protocols. The Staff are experienced in working in multi-disciplinary environments with local governments, combining engineering with planning and policy experts – mostly working in European projects and initiatives tackling different aspects relevant to climate change mitigation. Their focus is on addressing policy, people, technology and financing, using an integrated approach with sustainability as a foundation.

ICLEI South America Secretariat

ICLEI South America, based in São Paulo, Brazil, connects its more than 70 associated governments in 8 countries to ICLEI’s global network. Established since 1994, the south american secretariat has focused on urbansustainability agendas such as: Climate and Low Carbon Development, Resilience, Urban Biodiversity, Solid Waste Management, Sustainable Public Procurement, Advocacy, among others. In 2018, ICLEI South America has opened two new coordination offices in the region, one based in the Metropolitan Area of Aburrá Valley, Colombia, and another based in Santa Fé, Argentina, in order to better serve the regional members.

ICLEI South Asia Secretariat

The South Asia Secretariat is based in New Delhi, India and also operates through its other offices in the region.
ICLEI SAS works closely with local, provincial and national governments, and international partners along with other ICLEI offices to further local climate and sustainable initiatives in the South Asia region and beyond. To this end, the South Asia office has successfully supported various cities through programs and projects, technical inputs, customized tools and methodologies, information services, trainings, conferences and workshops, and continues to do so.
ICLEI SAS offers a wide range of technical services to assist cities in planning and implementation of actions related to integrated resource planning, energy auditing and efficiency, renewable energy, climate change adaptation and mitigation, municipal service delivery, sustainable urban transport, green building design, sustainable sanitation, biodiversity, sustainable procurement and other allied fields.

ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat

Based in the Philippines, ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS), with project offices in Jakarta, Indonesia (hosted by the APEKSI or the Association of Indonesian Municipalities) and Lao PDR, currently operates in Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand but caters to the needs of the Southeast Asian region in general. ICLEI SEAS began its work with the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign in 1999. Since then, it has been expanding rapidly, becoming involved with new and evolving campaigns and programs that enable and empower local governments. Areas of expertise include climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainability management, water and sanitation, and biodiversity. Continuously, ICLEI SEAS inspires and invites more partnerships from cities and urban regions wanting to be at the forefront of creating resilient and sustainable communities.