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. Its headquarters is located in Seoul Special Metropolitan City. Founded with just 26 members in 1987, in the 30 years since, CITYNET has grown to become an international organization of 173 members (as of 2021). 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
Matsuyama City
Associate 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 Dr. 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
2007 Indonesia National Chapter established
2013 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)