About us

CITYNET Yokohama Project Office was set up on April 1, 2013 to provide support and assistance from Japan to CITYNET members through projects, workshops, seminars, training, technical advisory sessions, symposiums and many other platforms of interest to members.

The office envisions expanding its partners not only within Japan but also in regions outside of the Asia-Pacific to foster city-to-city cooperation for better networking, knowledge exchange, and support for the creative development of societies.

As capacity building is the focal point of all activities of CITYNET, the Yokohama Office is ready to provide needs-based capacity building programs in a variety of areas for city officials in the Asia-Pacific area as well as any interested organizations and institutions.

Through innovative and needs-based programs, CITYNET Yokohama Project Office plans to inter-connect cities with organizations, institutions and businesses for a better integration of needs with the right kind of support.


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

By 2030, 40 cities worldwide will exceed the population of 10 million inhabitants.
35 of those cities will be in developing countries.
21 of them in Asia. CITYNET can help.

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 organization of more than 100 members in more than 20 countries, most of which are cities and local governments in the Asia-Pacific region.

Member cities choose to join one or more of a number of clusters:

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  • 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 organizations (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 organizations and agencies. In 1995, CITYNET was granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations.
  • was recognized 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.”