HANOI, June 28, 2016 â€“Â A special ceremony at Day 1 of the Asia LEDS Forum 2016 marked the formal transition of management of the Asia LEDS Partnership from USAID LEAD, implemented by ICF International since 2012, to ICLEI â€“ Local Governments for Sustainability.
In April 2015, USAID LEAD issued a public consultation request to seek information from organizations or firms interested in providing Secretariat Services for the Partnership. Specifically, USAID LEAD sought to identify an organization capable of continuing and furthering the systems, roles, and responsibilities of the Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat, beyond the closure of the USAID LEAD Program in September 2016. After a full and open competition, and in accordance with the evaluation criteria, USAID LEAD announced earlier this year that management of the Secretariat will gradually transition to ICLEI.
Together, USAID LEAD and ICLEI has worked for a smooth, gradual transition, ensuring that the Asia LEDS Partnership remains an effective regional and global partnership in advancing country-led and country-specific plans to promote economic growth while reducing GHG emissions in the Asia region.
ICLEI is the worldâ€™s leading network of over 1,500 cities, towns, and regions committed to building a sustainable future. Management of the Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat is transitioning to its three regional offices in Asia â€“ the ICLEI South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia Secretariats.