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Founding Members

  • The Seoul Institute is a comprehensive research institute focused on urban policies. The Seoul In¬stitute conducts a wide range of surveys and studies on a variety of urban concerns. The aim is to plan Seoul's future with a medium- to long-term vision. Our research areas include social policies on welfare, culture, education and industries and urban policies on city planning, housing, trans¬portation, and environment.
  • Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Institute (referred to as "the Shanghai Planning Institute"), founded in 1957, is the oldest and planning techniques designed to force one of the most perfect grade planning and strategic consulting unit.
  • Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design (BICP) is an institution affiliated to Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning and responsible for the formulation of various urban and rural plans. As approved by the Ministry of Construction of China, BICP is a grade A planning and Design organization and aims to provide the services for Beijing municipal government’s macro decision-making on urban development and various construction projects.
  • The Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) was set up in 2008 based on a strategic blueprint developed by Singapore’s Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development. The Centre’s mission is to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. CLC distils key learning points from Singapore’s experiences over the last half-century, while creating knowledge to address emerging challenges. It also shares knowledge with, and learns from, other cities and experts.
  • The HCMC Institute for Development Studies (HIDS) was established on 1st , October 2008 by unifying the Institute for Economic Research and the Social Science Institute (belonged to HCMC People’s Committee); and merging with Urban Planning Institute (an affiliate of the Department of Planning and Architecture).
  • For over 20 years, CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organisation of more than 100 members in more than 20 countries, most of which are cities and local governments in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • ICLEI is the world's leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. It is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 medium-sized cities and towns in 86 countries.
  • Metropolis, World Association of the Major Metropolises, is the leading international organization that gathers cities and metropolitan regions with more than a million inhabitants. Created in 1985, the Metropolis Association is represented by more than 130 members from across the world and operates as an international forum for exploring issues and concerns common to all big cities and metropolitan regions. Metropolis also manages the Metropolitan Section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).