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Smart Cities. Smart Leaders. Be the Change.

Are you a young municipal leader passionate about solving local environmental issues? Do you want to work in a global partnership with other leaders, sustainability specialists and leadership experts to become the next FutureCityLeader? Join the Initiative today!

The young leaders profit from capacity building through the following program elements:

  • being part of a global network of young elected leaders
  • access to ICLEI's exclusive ConnectingLeaders Network
  • regular webinars run by other young municipal leaders for young municipal leaders
  • the opportunity of personally presenting their municipalities on a global platform and networking at high level sustainability events
  • attending the international Sustainability Academy intensive with environmental and leadership experts
  • ongoing networking and collaboration with leading experts from the ICLEI Sustainability Faculty
  • mentoring will also link the participants with selected leaders and experts for advice and professional support
  • upon completing the first cycle, participants are invited to join the FutureCityLeaders Alumni to ensure continual professional development, sharing and networking

Optional extras also include technical and leadership training through online webinars on the interactive ConnectingLeaders Network web platform.
In order to be eligible applicants should:

  • Hold an elected office in a local government
  • Be committed to make their city more sustainable
  • Be under 40 years of age

    Applications for young elected municipal leaders are open!

    If you are interested in participating in this exciting new program and you meet the criteria please register your interest.

    Send your application in today!

    Review process: 

    • ICLEI will review all applications and forward a further more detailed application
    • Successful candidates are submitted to the final Selection Committee
    • Candidates are notified of their selection on an ongoing basis


    “As a young municipal leader myself I know how crucial capacity-building and exchange is to enable the future generation of sustainable leaders to bring about tangible and lasting changes. I am very delighted that this promising initiative is finally on its way.”

    Cathy Oke
    Melbourne City Councilor

    "It is a pleasure for me and a mission for our generation to share our experiences and knowledge with the future Mayors, Councilors, Governors and Administrators of our cities.”

      Jürgen Nimptsch 
    Lord Mayor, City of Bonn & Vice-Chair of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change