As a membership association, ICLEI receives its mandate from its Member local governments and municipal organisations. Not only in terms of project implementation, but also in terms of governing the organisation, ICLEI works closely with its members. On a regional level ICLEI Europe does this through the European Regional Executive Committee (REXCom), who are representing ICLEI’s Members in Europe. On a global level, ICLEI works with its Global Executive Committee (GEXCom) and the Council.

European Regional Executive Committee

Meet the members of the global ICLEI Council.


Vice Presidents:

Meet the members with a European mandate.

Global Governance

Our global governance structure is based on nine Regional Executive Committees (REXComs), each elected by the ICLEI Members of the specific region. All REXComs together form the ICLEI Council, which represents ICLEI’s global Membership by way of representative democracy. From within each REXCom one representative is nominated to the ICLEI Global Executive Committee (GEXCom), which is the overall governing body representing the entire ICLEI Membership and oversees the implementation of the Strategic Plan. To see how our governance structure works, watch this video:

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Governance Documents

The 5 ICLEI pathways

Low Emission Development


The low emission development pathway curbs climate change, creates new economic opportunities and improves the health of human and natural systems.

Nature-Based Development

The nature-based development pathway protects and enhances the biodiversity and urban ecosystems, which underpin key aspects of local economies and the well-being and resilience of our communities.

Circular Development

The circular development pathway and new models of production and consumption build sustainable societies that use recyclable, sharable and replenishing resources to end the linear model of produce, consume, discard.

Resilient Development

The resilient development pathway anticipates, prevents, absorbs and recovers from shocks and stresses, especially those brought about by rapid environmental technological, social and demographic change, and to improve essential basic response structures.

Equitable and People-Centered Development

Equitable and people-centered development builds more just, livable and inclusive urban communities and addresses poverty.