About Us

For over 20 years, CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organisation of more than 100 members in more than 20 countries, most of which are cities and local governments in the Asia-Pacific region.


  • believes that together we can work toward people-friendly cities that are socially just, ecologically sustainable, politically participatory, economically productive, culturally vibrant, and globally connected.
  • is a unique network working with a wide range of urban stakeholders, including local governments, development authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), associations of local authorities, research and training institutes and private companies.
  • helps cities and local governments and partners provide better services to citizens with the commitment to capacity building at the local level.
  • works in close partnerships with the United Nations and other bi- and multilateral organisations and agencies. In 1995, CITYNET was granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations.
  • was recognised by UN-HABITAT with the 2002 Scroll of Honour for “playing a key role in facilitating City to City Cooperation and networking amongst local governments, NGOs and development agencies in Asia”.

Our Mission

CITYNET connects local governments, civil society, and the private sector to exchange knowledge and best practices aimed at building people-centered, sustainable, and resilient cities across the Asia-Pacific.

Hayashi Small Size square crop (1) Mayor Fumiko Hayashi
Yokohama, Japan

“The City of Yokohama has supported CITYNET as the Network’s President for 20 years since its inception. During this time, the City of Yokohama is proud to have demonstrated leadership and contributed to many cities towards the resolution of urban issues in the Asia-Pacific Region. The City of Yokohama would like to continue to contribute regarding common issues that many CITYNET members face, such as environmental issues and global warming countermeasures, through the introduction of advanced programs and the spread of environmental education in addition to the dispatch of experts and the acceptance of trainees in fields such as urban transportation, water and sewerage. Together with CITYNET, let us aim to be safe, comfortable cities!”

mumbai_mayor_sunil_prabhuMayor Sunil Prabhu
Mumbai, India
First Vice-President

“CITYNET has over the years metamorphosed into a platform to bring together City Governments of all shapes and sizes and provide them an opportunity to interact. It is heartening to note that the City Governments have started vigorously pursuing the MDG’s after the signing of the Mumbai Declaration of 2004.”

188085_321259072699_8311416_nMayor Jun Binay
Makati, Phillipines
Second Vice-President

“The strength of CITYNET enhances its member cities’ capacity to attain continuously greater techniques and skills to handle problems. Actually, our problems are common in nature, just different in scale…our affiliation will produce valuable results for our people and to our world.”

mjco-CV-2009Mary Jane C. Ortega
Secretary General

“The last decade has seen CITYNET consolidate its position as Asia’s leading Platform for local Government and with the strong links it has forged with various City Networks both globally and regionally, I can confidently say that our worldwide footprint is well and truly established.”