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Our governing bodies
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local and metropolitan governments dedicated to sustainable development.
ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries.
Governed by the ICLEI Charter put in place by its founding Members, our mandate is to build an active and committed membership of local governments.
ICLEI Council
The association is democratically governed by its Members through a global Council. The Council represents ICLEI’s global membership by way of representative democracy. It is the supreme decisionmaking and oversight body of the global association. The Council has 27-45 seats and is composed of the members of nine Regional Executive Committees. The Council elects the Global Executive Committee, adopts every three years a Strategic Plan with a six-year scope, and has the right to amend the Charter.

The Council meets every three years on the occasion of an ICLEI World Congress. After the founding congress in New York, USA (1990), Council meetings were held in Toronto, Canada (1993), Saitama, Japan (1995), Dessau, Germany (2000), Athens, Greece (2003), Cape Town, South Africa (2006), Edmonton, Canada (2009) and Belo Horizonte, Brasil (2012).

The Council elects the Global Executive Committee, approves the six-year Strategic Plan, which is updated every three years, and receives the Triennial Report.

ICLEI Global Executive Committee
The Global Executive Committee (GexCom) is the representation of the members at global level. The GexCom is composed of nine regional representatives (one representative from each Regional Executive Committee) and up to six appointed members that represent portfolios of ICLEI work streams. Currently portfolios include Chair of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, Chair of the BiodiverCities Steering Group, Chair of the SuperCities Network, Chair of the Resilient Cities Steering Board, Chair of the Procura+ Network.

The GexCom is the only body other than the Council that has the power to decide policy for the Association.It is chaired by the ICLEI President.

ICLEI Regional Executive Committees
The Regional Executive Committee (RexCom) serves as the regional representation and policy-making body of the Members from the respective region. There are a total of nine RexComs - one for each ICLEI region - each composed of three to five members, elected from the regional membership.

Secretary General
The Secretary General serves as the chief executive officer of ICLEI.
The Secretary General represents the Association globally, leads the World Secretariat, oversees the global centers, regional and country offices and ensures the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
The Secretary General's office is at the ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.

Chairman, ICLEI Urban Agendas
The Chairman, ICLEI Urban Agendas supports the development and resourcing of ICLEI's eight agendas.