The East Asia Secretariat of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability, the world’s largest environmental organization, moved to the Seoul Global Center in Seorin-dong on July 30.
Established in 1990, ICLEI operates eight regional secretariats around the world including the one in Seoul.
At present, a total of one thousand-plus local autonomous bodies and their associations from 84 countries have joined the organization. It has a World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, eight regional secretariats including those in Seoul, New Delhi, and Cape Town, and four country offices including those in Suwon, South Korea and Oakland, United States.
Seoul Metropolitan Government expects Seoul HQ to be able to carry out its activities more efficiently, since many public institutions and international organizations such as Immigration Office, Seoul IDRC, CityNet, and foreign embassies are housed in the same building.
The East Asia Regional Secretariat of ICLEI plans to strengthen its relationships with Chinese cities to encourage them to pay more attention to environmental issues in the second half of the year through programs associated with ICLEI’s vision, such as climate and energy.