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Leading the inclusive cityPlace-based innovation for a bounded planet$

Robin Hambleton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304975

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.001.0001

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(p.347) Appendix International city networks and resources

(p.347) Appendix International city networks and resources

Leading the inclusive city
Policy Press

This appendix lists international urban networks and websites that provide useful resources for those concerned with city and regional governance and city-to-city learning. The list, which is in alphabetical order, is not comprehensive. Rather it is intended to provide a starting point for the interested reader.

100 Resilient Cities

The Rockefeller Foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge in 2013 to enable 100 cities to better address the increasing shocks and stresses of the 21st Century. Each successful applicant must commit to developing a citywide resilience plan. More: http://100resilientcities.rockefellerfoundation.org

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

First convened by London Mayor Ken Livingstone in 2005, the C40 Cities Climate Change Group is a network of some of the largest cities that are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More: http://www.c40.org

Cities Alliance: Cities without slums

Founded in 1999, the Cities Alliance is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. More: http://citiesalliance.org

Citiscope Global News

Launched in 2013 Citiscope is a global news resource for all those interested in city leadership and urban management. It uses the power of professional journalism to draw reader attention to factual accounts of innovation in cities across the world. More: http://www.citiscope.org

City Mayors: Running the world’s cities

Established in 2003 the City Mayors Foundation is an international think tank dedicated to promoting strong and prosperous cities, as well as good local government. More: http://www.citymayors.com

(p.348) Citynet

Established in 1987, CITYNET promotes cooperative partnerships and links among cities in Asia and the Pacific in order to improve the sustainability of cities. More: http://citynet-ap.org

CLAIR – Council of Local Authorities for International Relations

Founded in 1988, the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) is a network of Japanese cities and regions working together to promote global learning and partnerships, particularly around revitalization of local areas and solutions for low carbon and ageing societies. More: http://www.clair.or.jp/e

Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)

The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) works to promote and strengthen local government across the Commonwealth. The Forum has more than 160 members in 40 Commonwealth countries. More: http://www.clgf.org.uk


Launched in 2010 DELGOSEA is a network of cities and municipalities in Southeast Asia set up to promote exchange of information on innovative approaches to democratic local governance. More: http://www.delgosea.eu


Founded in 1986 EUROCITIES is a network of over 130 major European cities. The network, which seeks to influence European Union (EU) policy relating to cities as well as foster international exchange relating to urban policy making, aims to reinforce the important role of local governments in the multilevel governance of Europe. More: http://www.eurocities.eu

European Urban Research Association (EURA)

Launched in Brussels in 1997 the European Urban Research Association (EURA) is an international network of scholars set up to encourage international exchange and cooperation in relation to urban research, and to offer contributions to urban policy debates. More: http://www.eura.org

Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC)

Launched in 2012, the Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC), an initiative of UN-Habitat, has the goal of equipping local authorities and urban stakeholders (p.349) to deliver urban safety. More: http://unhabitat.org/urban-initiatives-2/global-network-on-safer-cities/

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

Founded in 1990, ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) is a well-established network of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. More: http://www.iclei.org


Metropolis is the world association of the major metropolises, meaning cities and metropolitan regions with more than one million inhabitants. Created in 1985, the association, which now has more than 130 members, manages the metropolitan section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) (see separate entry). More: http://www.metropolis.org

Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

Launched in 1996, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) is a network of community-based organisations of the urban poor in 33 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. More: http://www.sdinet.org

Sister Cities International

Founded in 1956 by US President Eisenhower, Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. The network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in programmes in 140 countries. More: http://www.sister-cities.org

The Global Urbanist

Created in 2009 by alumni of the urban policy and international development programmes at the London School of Economics and Political Science, The Global Urbanist is an online magazine reviewing urban affairs and urban development issues across the world. More: http://globalurbanist.com

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. With headquarters in Barcelona, the organisation aims to be the united voice and world advocate for local self-government. More: http://www.uclg.org

(p.350) Urban Affairs Association (UAA)

Based in North America, the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is an interdisciplinary, professional organisation for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals. It fosters international exchange relating to urban life and city planning and urban management. More: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org

World Cities Culture Forum

Launched in 2012, the World Cities Culture Forum is a collaborative network of over 20 world cities that share a belief in the importance of culture for creating thriving cities. The network brings together senior policymakers and thought leaders. More: http://www.worldcitiescultureforum.com

World Cities Network

Launched in 2012, the World Cities Network is an independent body created to improve the resilience of cities. It facilitates sharing of ideas and experiences across the real estate, technology, design and urban infrastructure industries. More: http://www.worldcitiesnetwork.org

World Urban Forum (WUF)

Organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the World Urban Forum (WUF) is hosted in a different city every two years. It brings together a large number of policy makers, practitioners, activists and scholars to examine the most pressing issues facing human settlements across the world. More: http://wuf7.unhabitat.org