As a membership association, ICLEI receives its mandate from its Member local governments and municipal organizations. ICLEI's governance is based on nine defined world regions and a three-year term of office for all bodies.

The ICLEI Council

ICLEI is democratically governed by its Members through a Global Council.

The ICLEI Council represents ICLEI’s global Membership by way of representative democracy. It is the supreme decision-making and oversight body of the global association. The Council has sole power to amend the Charter, elects members to the ICLEI Global Executive Committee and establishes directions for the Association and adopt the ICLEI Strategic Plan.

The Council is composed of all voting members of the ICLEI Regional Executive Committees. Each Regional Executive Committee carries one vote on the Council.

Global Executive Committee

Inaugural Global Executive Committee Meeting, 16 June 2012, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The Global Executive Committee represents members of the Association at the global level. The Global Executive Committee has the sole power to adopt and amend the By-Laws of the Association, to call meetings of the Council, to approve the establishment of regional, sub-regional and country offices and is the only body, other than the Council, that has the power to decide policy for the Association.

The Global Executive Committee is made up of one appointed member from each of the 9 Regional Executive Committees and a maximum of 9 additional Portfolio seat Members nominated by the ICLEI Secretary General.

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Regional Executive Committee

Inaugural ICLEI Council Meeting, 16 June 2012, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The Regional Executive Committee is the regional representation of the members of the Global Association in each ICLEI Region. The Association shall set up a maximum of nine ICLEI Regional Executive Committees.

Each Regional Executive Committee shall consist of three to five Members who shall serve the Association according to an assigned Portfolio mandate and are appointed by the members of the global association in that region from a list of candidates.

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Management Committee

The ICLEI Management Committee is responsible for overseeing the business of the ICLEI World Secretariat. The Global Executive Committee shall appoint the members of the Management Committee and the President and First Vice President shall serve on the Management Committee as part of their Executive Profiles. The members of the Management Committee exercise one vote as the shareholder of the ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH.

The ICLEI Management Committee is the formal arbitration body for resolution of conflicts for all ICLEI affiliated companies. The Management Committee meets four times per year, one meeting of which is an in-person meeting on the occasion of the Annual Global Executive Committee meeting.


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