Elections 2020: ICLEI Executive Committee Elections 2021-2024

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading network of local and regional governments led by local leaders elected by its Members every three years. Each ICLEI region elects their own ICLEI Regional Executive Committee (RexCom), followed by elections for the ICLEI Global Executive Committee (GexCom).


Dear ICLEI Members,

In 2020, we are calling upon you to join us in the ICLEI governance elections and, in doing so, to ensure that our network and organization further excels in advancing sustainability strategies and programs, locally and globally.

ICLEI is an association governed by its Members, and the elected ICLEI Regional and Global Executive Committees (RexComs and GexCom) represent key change agents in driving local and global action. The elections of the ICLEI governance bodies are organized through a global democratic process, spanning more than 100 countries and occurring at various periods in time.
The call for candidates and subsequent voting by ICLEI Members will kick off online from April 2020 onwards in all world regions where ICLEI has Members (RexCom elections) and will conclude with elections for global positions (GexCom election) at the end of the regional election processes. Positions in the ICLEI governance bodies have a 3 year term that begins at the ICLEI World Congress in April 2021.
As ICLEI Secretary General, I would like to encourage all Members to participate in this electoral process, by voting and standing for election. Be sure to participate and choose the candidates that should represent and lead the organization towards the ICLEI 5 pathways of sustainable development, local action and global impact!
Taking an active part in ICLEI’s governance is a fantastic opportunity for any committed local government leader to represent their city, town or region and be the voice of local and regional governments on a multitude of platforms.
I look forward to seeing the next generation of forward thinking, enthusiastic local-regional leaders step forward in the upcoming call for candidates – of all genders and backgrounds – to form a strong, diverse and committed ICLEI Council for the 2021-2024 term.

Kind regards,

Gino Van Begin
ICLEI Secretary General

When are elections taking place?

How to vote: All elections will take place during 2020 at different times.

  • What is the election process?

    Parallel RexCom elections are rolled out in all nine ICLEI regions. Candidates apply in their region by submitting the application within the deadline to the respective ICLEI Regional Office.

    Eligible ICLEI Members vote online to elect three or five RexCom members, depending on the region. Every full ICLEI Member has the right to vote once on candidates in their respective regions.

    Once elected, each RexCom nominates one representative for the GexCom regional seat. Additional GexCom thematic portfolio candidacies are open for a vote that follows.

    All ICLEI Regional Executive Committees will be elected by mid-November 2020. Specific dates and deadlines for the candidates and voting will vary depending on the region – see calendar above.

  • What is the ICLEI Governance structure?

    The nine ICLEI Regional Executive Committees represent ICLEI Members throughout the nine ICLEI regions. The single ICLEI Global Executive Committee represents ICLEI Members on the global level to define ICLEI strategy and policy.

    These governance bodies have a three-year term, and elections take place on this cycle, involving all ICLEI Members.

    All eligible candidates from ICLEI Members are invited to apply and all ICLEI full Members are encouraged to vote.

  • Who is eligible to vote?

    All full ICLEI Members are eligible to vote. Full ICLEI Members are due-paying Members that have not been in arrears with membership dues for more than one year.

    Suspended ICLEI Members – Members in arrears – can contact their ICLEI Regional Office to pay their membership fees and update their status to full ICLEI Member.

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    Candidates are preferably elected or appointed officials from a full ICLEI Member with know-how in one of the proposed thematic portfolios, which vary by region, and the motivation to actively participate in shaping ICLEI strategy.

    All candidates must uphold ICLEI’s mission, attend Executive Committee meetings and ICLEI Council meetings and fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Committee.