INTERNATIONAL CITY NETWORKS DIRECTORY
Each year since 2018 a one-day event entitled ‘In Focus: SDG 11’ is dedicated to sustainable cities and communities. The event in 2021 was coorganized by UNECE, UN-Habitat and the Geneva Cities Hub (GCH). International city networks were encouraged to participate in the event, to foster dialogue and cooperation with Geneva-based UN agencies and other international organizations, as well as with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia.
This directory gathers information on international and regional city networks and their key projects. The information contained in each profile was provided by the organization concerned and was not modified either by the United Nations or GCH. The directory is not by any means exhaustive. It is meant to be an evolving tool that facilitates access to networks that represent cities and local authorities and urban partnerships and initiatives, and enhances their visibility in International Geneva’s ecosystem.
C40 is a network of nearly 100 cities working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and collaborative approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities.
Cities Alliance is a global partnership fighting urban poverty and promoting the role of cities. To manage its activities, the Cities Alliance operates a multi-donor fund of which the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is host and Trustee.
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is an initiative funded by the European Commission. The Covenant of Mayors is the world’s largest movement for local climate and energy actions. In Europe, over 10,000 cities and towns have joined forces to secure a better future for their citizens.
Energy Cities is an association that provides a political platform for major European cities. We network the local governments of 145 of Europe’s largest cities and more than 45 partner cities that between them govern some 130 million citizens in 39 countries.
Eurocities is an association that provides a political platform for major European cities. We network the local governments of more than 200 major European cities in 38 countries, representing 130 million people.
The Global City Network (GCN) is part of WHO’s Global Strategic Preparedness Network (GSPN) and helps countries to prepare for national health emergencies such as COVID-19. Through the Strategic Partnership Portal (SPH, set up in 2015), member States, donors and partners share information on efforts to invest in health security. GCN is managed by the Multisectoral Engagement for IHR and Health Security (MHS), a unit of WHO’s World Preparedness Emergency programme.
As a multistakeholder global network, the Fund has worked since its creation with more than 1,500 cities and regions in one hundred countries, as well as with five hundred companies and investors and sixty subnational development banks.
The Human Rights Cities Network is a not-for-profit organisation (association sans but lucratif). We invite European cities that are committed to respecting, protecting and promoting a culture of human rights to become ‘guest members’.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Initiatives) is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments. ICLEI Europe’s members sit at the heart of the organization. Representing local governments and governmental associations of all shapes and sizes, their network stretches across Europe and beyond.
Founded in 1979, the AIMF is an association (under the law of 1901) which has evolved to reflect changes in the political leadership and activities of local authorities. It is a welcoming space of exchange and solidarity for Mayors of francophone cities that has developed alongside city environments and international solidarity between cities. In 2021 the AIMF had 305 members in 54 countries.
ICORN is an independent, international membership organization whose members include 75 cities in 18 countries of Europe, the United States of America and Latin America. The majority are in Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, France and the USA.
The MMC is a mayor-led organization managed as a sponsored project by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides governance and MMC’s operational infrastructure. The MMC is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Open Society Foundations.
Currently, Metropolis has 141 members worldwide. Any public authority with territorial jurisdiction or any institution or body that represents a metropolis may become a member of the association, whatever its local government system.
Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) is a non-profit organization whose members are cities and communities around the world. Its ambition is to leverage technology to improve the quality of life of citizens. Currently, 155 cities are members, in 31 countries from Argentina to Finland and Japan.
The Partnership for Healthy Cities is a collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, the World Health Organization, and Vital Strategies. It is a technical network. Cities can only join by invitation but no membership fees are required.
PLATFORMA is a pan-European coalition of towns and regions active in decentralized cooperation. Its 29 partners represent towns and regions and their national associations as well as European and global networks that are active in city-to-city and region-toregion development cooperation. All members cooperate internationally to promote sustainable development. The secretariat of PLATFORMA is hosted by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).
Municipal and regional authorities have an important and specific responsibility to combat discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and queer (LGBTI) people, because discrimination often occurs in their immediate environment. Most local administrations do not address this issue explicitly, however. Rainbow Cities is the exception.
Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) is an independent non-profit organization advancing urban resilience solutions to protect vulnerable communities. R-Cities is built on the legacy of the 100 Resilient Cities programme pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.
The UCCN is UNESCO’s flagship city programme, established in 2004. Its members include 246 cities from more than eighty member States. UCCN brings together cities that have identified culture and creativity as strategic agents in building the sustainable cities of tomorrow, contributing to achievement of the SDGs.
GNLC currently has 229 member cities. Partners and the Secretariat of GNLC also make essential contributions to the network.
Members of the UNESCO GNLC include cities at various stages of development. A learning city promotes lifelong learning for all.
UCLG is the product of a century-old collaborative movement of local and regional governments. It is the voice of democratic local self-government and, with 250,000 members in over 140 States, it represents 70% of the world’s population through local and regional governments in seven world regions.
The WHO European Healthy Cities Network is a network of flagship cities and national networks of cities. Flagship cities interact directly with WHO/Europe, while national networks bring together cities in a given Member State. In both cases WHO provides political, strategic and technical support as well as capacity building.
The Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) was established by the World Health Organization in 2010 to connect cities, communities and organizations worldwide with the common vision of making their communities great places to grow older in. Its 1300 members are from 51 countries.