CITYNET India National Chapter



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.


The Network of cities has grown to include over 135 municipalities, NGOs, private companies and research centers and is today the largest association of urban stakeholders committed to sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region. CITYNET connects actors, facilitates knowledge exchange and builds commitment to establish more sustainable and resilient cities. Through capacity building, city-to-city cooperation and tangible projects, it helps members to respond to Climate Change, Disaster, the Sustainable Development Goals and rising infrastructure demands.