Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Looking ahead to a new United Nations era that builds on the strength of local and subnational governments to increase sustainability

The five-year term of the new United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres began on 1 January 2017.

His leadership team will consist of Amina J. Mohammad as the Deputy Secretary General, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti as the Chief of Staff and Kyung-wha Kang as the Special Advisor on Policy.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

ICLEI officially welcomed the Secretary General, inviting him to bring forward existing United Nations efforts to support and strengthen the role of local and subnational governments in shaping and carrying out the global sustainability agenda. ICLEI reminded the Secretary General about the decades of common work between ICLEI and the United Nations.

ICLEI also thanked the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for his support in bringing the sustainability and stakeholder engagement to the forefront of the United Nations Agenda. ICLEI is particularly grateful for Ban Ki-Moon's efforts to champion the concerns of local and subnational governments such that they could rise to the highest level of recognition at the United Nations and within the global community.

ICLEI has proudly collaborated with the UN Secretary General, in particular in the following instances:

We welcomed former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the Global Town Hall as his biggest gathering with local and subnational leaders at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.



We provided a solid response to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's invitation to 2014 UN Climate Summit by being a lead partner of the Compact of Mayors initiative, as one of its most prominent outcomes.


Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon conveyed a welcoming and encouraging message to more than 100 mayors gathered at ICLEI World Congress in Seoul in April 2015.


We supported the former UN Secretary-General in facilitating the adoption, signing and entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement.



As a lead member of the Global Task Force, ICLEI supported the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General in building the Local2030 initiative as an inspirational effort to enhance the engagement of local and subnational governments in global efforts on sustainability.


ICLEI and the Global Task Force came together with the former UN Secretary-General at the 2nd World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments in Quito on the eve of Habitat III Conference.


ICLEI will continue its efforts to ensure that sustainability and the engagement of local and subnational governments stay at the top of the UN agenda to further empower this driving force for global change.

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