About Us

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CityNet is the largest association of urban stakeholders committed to sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region. Established in 1987 with the support of UNESCAP, UNDP and UN-Habitat, the Network of cities has grown to include over 135 municipalities, NGOs, private companies and research centers.

We connect actors, exchange knowledge and build commitment to establish more sustainable and resilient cities. Through capacity building, city-to-city cooperation and tangible projects, we help our members respond to Climate Change, Disaster, the Sustainable Development Goals and rising Infrastructure demands.

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Our Mission

To connect urban actors and deliver tangible solutions for cities across the Asia Pacific region.

Our Vision


Our Values

  • Connect:  We bring together local governments, civil society, and the private sector to collectively act for more sustainable cities.
  • Exchange: We unite key stakeholders to share knowledge and find innovative solutions for urban challenges.
  • Build: We believe in building a movement for more people-friendly, socially just, ecologically sound, economically productive, culturally vibrant, and globally connected cities.

What We Do

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Organizational Structure


CITYNET 2018-2021 Executive Committee and Elected Officials

Secretary General Mr. Vijay Jagannathan
President Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea
President Emeritus Yokohama City, Japan
First Vice President Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Malaysia
Second Vice President   Makati City Government, Philippines
Executive Committee Ahmedabad Study Action Group, India
Bogor City, Indonesia
Busan Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea
Colombo Municipal Council, Sri Lanka
Incheon Metropolitan City, South Korea
Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Nepal
League of Cities of the Philippines, Philippines
Penang Island City Council
Suwon City, South Korea
Auditor Muntinlupa City, Philippines


The General Council, the highest authority of CITYNET, comprises all full and associate members. The General Council meets every four years and reviews the activities of the CITYNET Network, elects the President, Vice-Presidents, Executive Committee, Secretary General and Auditor. The General Council also approves the Medium-Term Plan and any amendments to the CITYNET Charter.

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee consists of the President, President Emeritus, two Vice-Presidents, and nine members. The Executive Committee formulates the Biennial Work Program for the Network in accordance with the Medium-Term Plan, approves new members, and sets policy guidelines for the Secretariat. The Executive Committee convenes at least once every two years.

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The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General. The Secretariat coordinates the programs and activities of CITYNET, and subsequently, the Secretary-General reports to the General Council and the Executive Committee. The Seoul Metropolitan Government is current host city of CITYNET Secretariat.


CITYNET was created in response to the needs of growing cities in the Asia Pacific. In 1982 the 1st Regional Congress of Local Authorites for the Development of Human Settlements in the Asia Pacific was held in Yokohama, Japan.

The Yokohama Congress was organized with the sponsorship of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) and hosted by the City of Yokohama. The Congress stressed the need to build cooperative links between local level governments and urban stakeholders.

CITYNET was officially established in 1987 with the support of UNESCAP, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, the City of Nagoya and 26 members. From that point on CITYNET has maintained its mission to promote cooperative links and partnerships throughout the Asia Pacific in order to improve the sustainability of our cities.

List of 26 members participated in ’87 Nagoya Declaration

Auckland (New Zealand)
Bangkok (Thailand)
Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Dhaka (Bangladesh)
Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam)
Hong Kong SAR (China; Domain of U.K at the time)
Jakarta (Indonesia)
Kathmandu (Nepal)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Lae (Papua New Guinea)
Lahore (Pakistan)
Metro Manila (Philippines)
Nagoya (Japan)
Nanjing (China)
Negombo (Sri Lanka)
Penang (Malaysia)
Pokahra (Nepal)
Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
Puttalam (Sri Lanka)
Semarang (Indonesia)
Shanghai (China)
Surabaya (Indonesia)
Sydney (Australia)
Tehran (Iran)
Weligama (Sri Lanka)
Yokohama (Japan)

Historical Highlights

19911982 The 1st Regional Congress of Local Authorites for the Development of Human Settlments in the Asia Pacific is held
1987 CITYNET is established with the support of UNESCAP, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, and 27 members
1989 At the Shanghai Congress , the CITYNET Charter was adopted. UNESCAP undertook the functions of the Secretariat until the official CITYNET Secretariat was established
1992 The CITYNET Secretariat was established with the support of the City of Yokohama
2000 Joint Survey on Urban Poventy Alleviation 1995 CITYNET is granted ECOSOC Status of United Nations and the Bangladesh National chapter is established
1996 Waste water management project in Colombo, Sri, Lanka begins
1998 Sri Lanka National Chapter established
2000 First survey on urban poor conducted
2001 Nepal National Chapter established
2002 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour
2003 The Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre is established
Seoul Award (6) 2004 Awareness on Environmental Education in Asian Cities (AWAREE) Project established with the support of JICA. (Yokohama, Japan; Hanoi, Vietnam; Phnom Penh,Cambodia, Nanjing, China)
2005 Tsunami Relief Drive
2006 MDGs Cluster formed. Mumbai declared host of the Satellite Office
2007 CITYNET 20th Anniversary. CITYNET & EUROCITIES Sign Agreement. Post-AWAREE Project begins
2012 CITYNET 25th Anniversary
2013 CITYNET Secretariat Relocates to Seoul, South Korea, India National Chapter established
2016 Urban SDG Knowledge Platform established with ESCAP and Seoul Metropolitan Government
2017 CITYNET 30th Anniversary, Philippines National Chapter established