ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world's leading association of more than 1000 metropolises, cities, urban regions and towns. ICLEI South Asia - the South Asian arm of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, aims to build and serve a regional network of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in regional and global sustainability through local initiatives. Over 10 years, ICLEI South Asia has emerged a strong and vibrant local government association with a membership base of over 60 cities.
We promote local action for global sustainability and support cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon, productive, ecomobile; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with sustainable procurement with the ultimate aim of achieving healthy and happy communities. ICLEI also strengthens North-South and South-South cooperation to advance sustainability at the local regional and sub-national level.
We work with South Asian cities with funding support from various national and international partners by offering various opportunities such as participation in programs and projects, technical inputs, information services, trainings, conferences and workshops. We also share our expertise, reach out to cities, initiate interaction and mobilise funds. Facilitating peer learning, city-to-city exchanges and networking and supporting development and implementation of demonstration projects are some ways in which we strengthen the capacities and technical know-how of cities that we work with.
With over 35 professional staff including urban planners, energy managers, environmental planners, transportation engineers, ecologists and environmental engineers, ICLEI South Asia brings a varied capacity to support South Asian cities on multiple aspects of sustainable development.
We offer a wide range of technical services to help local governments achieve their sustainable development goals; customized and specific methodologies and tools are designed to support planning and implementation of actions related to environmental resource management, integrated resource planning, energy auditing, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change adaptation and mitigation, municipal service delivery, sustainable urban transport, green building design, sustainable sanitation, urban governance, sustainable procurement and other allied fields. Training and capacity building programmes in these areas are a regular feature of our engagement with cities. We facilitate South Asian local government participation in UN conferences and other global fora for sustainable development discussions to support an international, policy strengthening local initiatives for the global sustainability agenda.
Our secretariat is based in New Delhi. We have a regional office in Hyderabad, state offices in Coimbatore and Thane, and project offices in Rajkot, Kishangarh, Gwalior, Kota, Amaravati in India and in Dhaka in Bangladesh.
The Annual Report sheds light upon various initiatives and local solutions that ICLEI South Asia, together with cities and partners, has carried out, such as guidelines on low carbon growth, improvement of sanitation conditions, awareness-raising on adaptation to climate change, support to municipalities in implementing Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency projects, strengthening of South-South cooperation and much more, for the upliftment of the cities and their people.