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The 1st Municipal Leadership Summit held at the UN Headquarters in New York in 1993 yielded the establishment of Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign.

Based on the success of intensive efforts on mitigation projects at the local level since the first UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in 1995 in Berlin, ICLEI became the focal point for local government and municipality authorities constituency at the UNFCCC Secretariat. Through this opportunity, hundreds of mayors and local government representatives took part in Municipal Summits that were held in parallel to official COP events and necessary interventions were delivered at high level segments.
In 2009, ICLEI became the first local government network that supports the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation.

ICLEI, together with the then Mayor of City of Kyoto initiated the World Mayors Council on Climate Change in 2005.

Since COP 13 (Bali) in 2007, the coalition of local government networks, namely ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolis, World Mayors Council on Climate Change, and C40 Climate Leadership Group are advocating for a better recognition and empowerment of cities and local governments in the new global climate regime in the post-2012 period. World Mayors and Local Governments Climate Protection Agreement has been one of the important features of the Local Government Roadmap Process.

In 2009, ICLEI became the first local government network that has been accredited as an observer organization to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).