Our History & Chair
In 2015, Seoul Metropolitan Government and ICLEI joined forces to establish the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. The network was launched at the ICLEI World Congress in Seoul (Republic of Korea) on 11 April 2015. Seoul (Republic of Korea), Cape Town (South Africa), Helsinki (Finland), Ghent (Belgium) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) are the founding participants.
Over the years, the network grew to its current size of fourteen cities that implement sustainable procurement at a very ambitious level:
Tshwane (South Africa) - Chair of the Network -, Auckland (New Zealand), Budapest (Hungary), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Cape Town (South Africa), Denver (United States), Ghent (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), Melbourne (Australia), Montréal (Canada), Oslo (Norway), Pittsburgh (USA), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Quezon City (Philippines), Seoul (Republic of Korea) and Warsaw (Poland).
2018 - 2020: The City of Tshwane, South Africa
The City of Tshwane, South Africa, was the chair from September 2018 until December 2020.
2015 - 2018: Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea
During the first Annual GLCN Summit, Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government, was elected chair of the GLCN on SP. “Today is the starting point for more cities around the world to make similar pledges. Let us strive to establish and spread green consumption and production systems around the world,” Mayor Park said.