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Agenda21 – ICLEI

Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chair  of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) has said, “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective”  



ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of over 1220 local government Members who are committed to sustainable development.  Our Members come from 70 different countries and represent more than 569,885,000 people.

ICLEI is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development.

ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.

Founded in 1990 – ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the ‘International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives’. The Council was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at our inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York.

About the name

The organization’s name is ‘ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability’. In 2003, ICLEI’s Members voted to revise the organization’s mission, charter and name to better reflect the current challenges local governments are facing. The ‘International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives’ became ‘ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability’ with a broader mandate to address sustainability issues.

Over 1200 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI’s growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs.

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Skagit County

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Thurston County


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Generous Giving. Sustained Growth

ICLEI is able to provide best-in-class service to our members and elevate local climate action and sustainability to remarkable levels only through the generous support of the following private foundations, federal agencies and other entities:

Boone Family Foundation


Houston Endowment

Meadows Foundation

Oak Hill Fund

Rauch Foundation

Seattle Foundation


The Cadmus Group Incorporated-Arlington

The Energy Foundation

The Kaiser Foundation

The Kendeda Fund

The Kresge Foundation

The Overbrook Foundation

The San Diego Foundation

The Summit Foundation

The Surdna Foundation

The Turner Foundation

The University of Michigan, School of Public Health (Ann Arbor)

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Green Building Council

Waste Management


Building Bridges. Driving Progress.

Solving global warming and creating sustainable communities is no small task, nor is it something that any single person, organization or government can do alone. We’re in this together, and we’ll solve it together.

To that end, ICLEI would like to applaud the following ICLEI partner organizations:

Commissioners sever ties with environmental group (ICLEI gets the boot)

Carroll County Times ^ | 1/21/2011 | Christian Alexandersen

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011 9:35:59 PM by wheresmyusa

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners has made it clear it believes there is a distinction between “sustainability” and “environmentalism.”

On Jan. 12, the new, five-member board unanimously voted to terminate its membership with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an organization that provides technical consulting, training and information services to support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level.

Board President Doug Howard, R-District 5, said the definition of sustainability has changed over time to no longer just focus on protecting and preserving the environment, which is now environmentalism. Sustainability, Howard said, now includes broad, over-reaching restrictions on local governments that impact the free marketplace.

Making that distinction between the two is an important goal of the commissioners, Howard said.

“We have got to be very careful about making good, solid arguments about what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to do it,” Howard said. “My concern is that when you try to make these points, you’re getting close to the level of terminology that unnerves people or turns them off.”

Commissioner Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, said the organization advocates a form of environmentalism that intersects environmentalism and socialism. The organization, he said, seeks to inject government into all forms of people’s lives including land use, farming, transportation, home construction and food production.

Doctrine held by the organization states that land should not be viewed as a resource for private property owners, but rather the land needs to be controlled by the government and other stake holders for the greater good, Rothschild said. Since that doctrine is not shared by the board, Rothschild said commissioners believed they should terminate their membership with the organization.

ICLEI is participating in the official UN preparatory meetings ahead of Rio+20. At formal UN conferences, UN bodies and nine so-called Major Groups sit at the table with the representatives of the states.

The nine Major Groups are Business and Industry, Children and Youth, Farmers, Indigenous Peoples, Local Authorities, Non-Governmental Organizations, Scientific and Technological Community, Women and Workers and Trade Unions. For each group one or two “Organizing Partners” act as focal points to facilitate participation from that constituency.

ICLEI is the Local Authority Major Group Organizing Partner and in this role aims to achieve a high level of coordinated input from Local Authorities into the international process. At the Rio+20 conference ICLEI will facilitate the presence and active participation of local governments.

Cities are key for more sustainable future

Watch ICLEI’s Susanne Salz discussing the expectations of local governments towards the Rio+20


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Posted on 13 May 2011.

The local officials who question or sneer at the idea that ICLEI is some sort of UN plot to take away our sovereignty need to read this from the ICLEI website:

ICLEI holds up the flag for Local Governments at UNEP Governing Council

February 24, 2011

At the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC26/GMEF), that took place from 21-24 February 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, ICLEI has been flying the flag for Local Governments. ICLEI was in attendance as a Local Authority Major Group Co-Facilitator, a representative of the interests of local governments. (Emphasis mine)The UNEP is the United Nations Enivronmental Programme. Here’s the UNEP website. They are the environmental branch of the UN system:

UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. To accomplish this, UNEP works with a wide range of partners, including United Nations entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.ICLEI is in deep with this UN agency:

In collaboration with partners such as UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, UNEP is working on making cities more liveable, better prepared for the multiple environmental challenges they are facing, as well as giving them a stronger voice in the international climate negotiations. The Constitution says NO! NO confederation among local/state governments! PERIOD! They cannot hold up a flag or be part of a representative or part of a stronger voice before UN agencies. Any US city/county/town a member of ICLEI is contributing to an unconstitutional system. I appeal to every veteran or retired veteran or any other patriotic citizen in the local government in any of the 600 ICLEI member cities to do your duty: Simply get out of ICLEI.

via http://www.varight.com/news/need-proof-iclei-is-unconstitutional-for-a-us-municipality-to-join-try-this-iclei-represented-local-governments-at-a-un-environmental-meeting-in-february-2011/