For over 25 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”.
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.