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Metropolis, more than 30 years of History

Launch of the new Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI)
2014

Official launch of the new Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI), the learning network of METROPOLIS. MITI has the aim to strengthen the institutional and professional capacities of local and metropolitan authorities and their leaders, scaling them up to the global level. MITI counts on headquarters hosted by Seoul, and regional centers hosted by Cairo, Mashhad, Mexico City and Paris Île-de-France.

For the first time in the 30 years of history of the association, an Indian city, Hyderabad, hosts the 11th METROPOLIS World Congress under the theme, Cities for All. The city rich culture, tradition, social equity, economic prosperity and demographic dividend makes it a reference among future cities.   

METROPOLIS ANNUAL Meeting Johannesburg 2013
2013

The City of Johannesburg hosts the METROPOLIS ANNUAL Meeting under the theme, "Caring Cities", based on the concept of Ubuntu, an African ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's allegiances and relations. The Board of Directors appoints the City of Barcelona as chair of the METROPOLIS International Women Network.

Third “Dynamic Cities Need Women” Forum in Abidjan: “Women and Armed Conflict”
2013
Innovation Towards a Better Future
2012

Innovation Towards a Better Future is the core theme of the Annual Meeting hosted by the city of Guangzhou.

In addition to the METROPOLIS meeting, Guangzhou celebrates the Ceremony of the First Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation whose concept is derived from the city of Guangzhou long-term cooperation with UCLG and with METRIOPOLIS. 

The Metropolis Initiatives are launched. Through the Initiatives, Metropolis seeks to consolidate network-based management of its activities, more targeted at projects and oriented towards results and more open to partnerships and external funding – Take the Initiative! 

In accordance with the decision of the METROPOLIS Board of Directors, the headquarters of MITI (METROPOLIS International Training Institutes) moves from Montreal to Seoul.

10th World Congress “Cities in Transition” is held in Porto Alegre where the new action for the 2012-2014 period is approved.
2011
The Board of Directors meets in Barcelona when the Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) holds its foundation Assembly.
2010
The Board of Directors meets in Moscow
2009

The Board of Directors meets in Moscow. Metropolis and CISCO Systems sign an agreement as partner in the Commission “Partnership for Urban Innovation”. 

9th World Congress in Sydney, “Connecting Cities” (video Opening Ceremony)
2008

9th World Congress in Sydney, “Connecting Cities” (video Opening Ceremony). The 3rd edition of the Metropolis Awards is presented. 

The cooperation’s agreement between Metropolis and the Asian-Pacific section of UCLG (ASPAC) becomes a reality, reinforcing the presence of the network in the region.

The Board of Directors meets in Antananarivo
2007

The Board of Directors meets in Antananarivo. Metropolis Women Network has organized in Brussels the First International Forum “Dynamic Cities Need Women”

The Special Board of Directors, called on December 2006 to replace Joan Clos as the President of Metropolis, elects Jean-Paul Huchon
2006

The Special Board of Directors, called on December 2006 to replace Joan Clos as the President of Metropolis, elects Jean-Paul Huchon, President of Ile-de-France’ Regional Council from 1998, as the new President of Metropolis. He was re-elected in Sydney’08 and Porto Alegre’11.

8th World Congress in Berlin, “Tradition and transformation. The future of the city”
2005

The second edition Metropolis Awards are presented. The Metropolis International Women Network is created. 

Metropolis participates in United Cities and Local Governments’ founding Congress in Paris
2004

Metropolis participates in United Cities and Local Governments’ founding Congress in Paris.  The move was consolidated by coordinating city associations at the international level. Metropolis reaches an agreement with the new World Association to create and manage the new organization's metropolitan section. 

UCLG and Metropolis open their new headquarter in Barcelona, which increases the visibility of a united effort of local governments.

7th World Congress “Metropolitan Governance in the New Millennium” held in Seoul where the 1st edition of the Metropolis Award is presented
2002
Kofi Annan received the representatives of the leading international associations of local governments in New York
2001

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan received the representatives of the leading international associations of local governments in New York.

On 6 June, Joan Clos, President of Metropolis, in the name of all the local authorities, spoke before the UN General Assembly and presented the declaration of the 2nd World Assembly of Cities and Local Authorities to the United Nations.

Joan Clos was appointed president of the WACLAC
2000

Joan Clos was appointed president of the WACLAC (World Associations of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination). He was also elected President of the United Nations Advisory Commission of Local Authorities (UNACLA). The General Secretariat moves to Barcelona.

6th World Congress in Barcelona, entitled “A Network of Cities for World Citizens”
1999

The Board of Directors unanimously approved the proposal for basing the government of Metropolis on Regional Secretariats.

Metropolis takes part in Habitat II
1996

Metropolis takes part in Habitat II. Establishment of the WACLAC (World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination), based on the Metropolis proposal at the Habitat II Conference in Istanbul.

5th World Congress in Tokyo “Metropolis for the People: Seeking a Solidarity among World Citizens
1995
4th World Congress in Montreal, “Citizens and Sustainable Development”
1993

Metropolis creates its Technical Assistance Scheme

3rd World Congress in Melbourne entitled “Metropolises in Ascendancy?”
1990

From 1990, Metropolis articulates its technical commissions, which present their results in every triennial Congress.

2nd World Congress in Mexico City "A Better Life for all in Metropolises”
1987
Official creation of the World Association of Major Metropolises, in Montreal
1985

Metropolis was driven in 1984 by Michel Giraud, then President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France, who convened the first Congress Metropolis'84. The constituent meeting of the Association was held in Montreal in April 1985 and was attended by 14 founding members: Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Barcelona, ​​Buenos Aires, Cairo, Colombo, Ile-de-France, London, Los Angeles, Mexico, Montreal, New York, Tokyo and Turin.