- Regional Network of Local Authorities for the
Management of Human Settlements
CITYNET is the only network of its kind promoting cooperation among a whole range of stakeholders; mainly local governments and their partners. CityNet has grown to become an international organization of 130 members in more than 20 countries, most of them are cities and organizations in Asia and the Pacific region. It functions as a catalyst for Technical Cooperation among cities in Developing Countries (TCDC) as an effective tool for sustainable urban development. CITYNET's goal is to create ‘People-Friendly Cities’ that are socially just, ecologically sustainable, politically participatory, economically productive, cultural vibrant and globally connected.
National Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is an association of local governments dedicated to the prevention and solution of local, regional, and global environmental problems through local action. Approximately 300 cities, towns, counties, and their associations from around the world are Members of the Council.
International Union Local Authorities
The Strategic Objectives (goals) of IULA: To develop and maintain a strong democratic political organisation, managed to high professional standards in a global setting; to be the worldwide advocate and voice of democratic local government; to be the worldwide source of key information and intelligence regarding democratic local government; to be the worldwide source of learning, exchange and capacity building programmes for democratic local government.
Local Government International Bureau
The Local Government International Bureau acts principally as the European and international arm of the Local Government Association for England and Wales (LGA). We also represent the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA). We promote the Associations' interests to policy makers in the EU and international organisations, and (also to this end) support councilors appointed to the Committee of the Regions and other bodies. We provide a wide range of services for local authorities, updating them on European and international issues, via publications, seminars and this website, assisting them in their international links and partnerships, and drawing attention to interesting practice from other countries.
Managing the Environment Locally in Sub Saharan Africa (MELISSA) Program
Launched in 1996, the MELISSA Program (Managing the Environment Locally in Sub Saharan Africa) has the goal of supporting and facilitating the improvements in the local environment through partnership development and knowledge management. Since inception, the MELISSA Program has collaborated actively with local environmental action plans and participatory action learning projects in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe among others. Supported by capacity building, the country-specific activities range from waste management strategies and water service provision to the development of biosphere reserves and indigenous knowledge for sustainable development.