The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements CITYNET

CITYNET is a non-profit international organization that aims to improve living environments and tackle urban problems. The headquarter office is located in Seoul Special Metropolitan City. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown in 30 years to become an international organization of 139 members (as of January 2018). In 1995, CITYNET was granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations. CITYNET was also recognized in 2002 by UN-HABITAT with the 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.”




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


CITYNET’s members consist of full members which are cities, and associate members which are organizations. Please click here to see the list of member cities.

Members (full and associate) within Japan

Full City of Yokohama

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) 

KDDI Foundation

Plus Arts NPO

Temple University, Japan Campus

Yokohama Association for International Communication and Exchanges (YOKE)
Yokohama City University 

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

History of CITYNET

1982 The 1st Regional Congress of Local Authorities for the Development of Human Settlements in the Asia Pacific is held
1987 CITYNET is established with the support of UNESCAP, UNDP, UN-HABITAT, and 26 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
1995 CITYNET is granted ECOSOC Status of United Nations and the Bangladesh National chapter is established
1998 Sri Lanka National Chapter established
2001 Nepal National Chapter established
2002 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour
2003 The Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre is established

Indonesia National Chapter established


CITYNET Secretariat relocates from Yokohama to Seoul. CITYNET Yokohama Project Office established.

2016 Urban SDG Knowledge Platform established with ESCAP and Seoul Metropolitan Government
2017 Philippines National Chapter established

IMG_5359 IMG_5379 Seoul meeting (8)