About us

We are the global network of major cities and metropolitan areas.

We serve as the hub and platform for metropolises to connect, share experiences, and mobilize on a wide range of local and global issues, in addition to being the focal point of worldwide experience and expertise on metropolitan governance.

To connect political leaders, policy makers and practitioners worldwide in order to advocate metropolitan interests and improve the performance of metropolises in addressing local and global challenges.

Engaged metropolitan governance is critical to facing the immensity of contemporary urban challenges. Therefore, Metropolis mission will be achieved by a set of means to co-create caring sustainable cities characterized by engaged metropolitan governance:

  • a. Conducting urban diplomacy based on agreed principles
  • b. Developing urban capacities based on a knowledge platform of tools and resources

 

Metropolis operates, as well, as the metropolitan section of the World Organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), since its constitution, in 2004.

UCLG

 

Metropolises for and by their citizens where participatory and effective metropolitan governance fosters economic development, sustainability, social cohesion, gender equality and quality of life.

In line with the association’s mission and vision, as well as the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, Metropolis works to:

  • a. Advance metropolitan interests
  • b. Improve the performance of metropolises.

In line with the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Board of Directors is formed by at least 15 members representing metropolises from different continents. They are elected by the General Assembly and may be re-elected. The Metropolis Women President is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.

The President of the Board of Directors represents the association in all civil acts and is invested with all the necessary powers to this end.

 
 
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Governing Mayor
President
President of AMB
Co-president
Premier of Gauteng
Co-president
Valéry Plante
Mayor
Co-president
Mayor
Co-president
Mayor
Co-president
Jean-Luc Vanraes
Political representative of Brussels Governement
Treasurer
Robert Beugré Mambe
Governor
Regional Vice-president
Mayor
Regional Vice-president
Regional Councillor of Santiago Metropolitan Region
Regional Vice-president
Mayor
Regional Vice-president
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
Pirouz Hanachi
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
Claudia Sheinbaum
Head of Government
Other Board of Directors member
 Madrid-Mayor_JL-MAN
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
Abdelaziz El Omari
President of the urban community of Casablanca
Other Board of Directors member
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
Xu Liyi
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
MOSTAFA MADBOULY
Chairman of the Board
Other Board of Directors member
Fatimetou Abdel Malick
President of the Region of Nouakchott
Other Board of Directors member
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
Laura Pérez Castaño
City councilor responsible for Feminisms and LGTBI / President of Metropolis Women
Other Board of Directors member
Luo Qiang
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
Horacio RODRÍGUEZ LARRETA
Head of Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires
Other Board of Directors member
Dr. Bonthu Rammohan
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
Mohammed  SADIKI
Chairman of the urban commune of Rabat
Other Board of Directors member
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
ZHOU XIANWANG
Mayor
Other Board of Directors member
Secretary General
Secretariat General Team
Head of Administration and Finance
Secretariat General Team
Project Officer for Communication
Secretariat General Team
Project Officer for Communication & Compliance
Secretariat General Team
Project Officer for Pilot Projects & International Calls for Projects
Secretariat General Team
Senior Manager for Institutional relations & Asia portfolio
Secretariat General Team
Administration Officer
Secretariat General Team
Metropolis Observatory Officer
Secretariat General Team
Research and Policy Officer & Focal Point for Latin America
Secretariat General Team
Administration Assistant
Secretariat General Team
Project Officer for Learning, Strategic Partnerships & Focal Point for Africa
Secretariat General Team
Project Officer for Metropolis Women & Focal Point for Europe
Secretariat General Team
Project Officer for Statutory Affairs & Focal Point for North America
Secretariat General Team
Administration Assistant to the Secretary General & Support to Action Plan Implementation
Secretariat General Team
  • Director General
Regional Secretary
  • Head of the Division for International Relations
  • Deputy Chief of Protocol of the Federal State of Berlin
  • The Governing Mayor of Berlin Senate Chancellery
Regional Secretary Europe, Director of the President's office
  • Director of the International Relations and Cooperation Department
Regional Secretary
  • Advisor in the General Coordination of International Affairs in the Government of Mexico City
Regional Secretary
  • Chief deputy of cabinet of the mayor of Dakar
Regional Secretary

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1984

1ST METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS

ILE-DE-FRANCE

1ST METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS

1985

April

1st METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS. METROPOLIS CONSTITUENT CONGRESS

MONTREAL

1st METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS. METROPOLIS CONSTITUENT CONGRESS (14 members)                                           

  • Participants: Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Colombo, London, Tokyo, New York, Los Ángeles, Île-de-France, Montréal, Metropolitan Corporation of Barcelona, Mexico (state), Cairo, Buenos Aires, Torino
  • Michel Giraud, Paris, Île-de-France is elected first president
  • Institution of Metropolis Commissions (until 2011)

1st METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS. METROPOLIS CONSTITUENT CONGRESS

1986

1ST METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

CAIRO

1ST  METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

1987

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

NEW YORK

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

January

2ND METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “A Better Life for All in Metropolises”

MEXICO CITY

2ND METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS  “A Better Life for All in Metropolises”

1988

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

MADRID

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

1989

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

CASABLANCA

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

1990

October

3RD METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Metropolises in Ascendancy”

MELBOURNE

3RD METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Metropolises in Ascendancy

  • From here on Metropolis articulates its technical Commissions, which present their results every triennial congress

1991

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

DAKAR

1992

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

BARCELONA

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

1993

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

CAIRO

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

January

4TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Citizens and Sustainable Development”

MONTREAL

4TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Citizens and Sustainable Development”

  • Metropolis creates its Technical Assistance Scheme

4TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Citizens and Sustainable Development”

1994

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

TOKYO

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

1995

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

LISBON

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

1996

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

ILE-DE-FRANCE

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

METROPOLIS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE (MII) CREATION

MONTREAL

METROPOLIS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE (MII) CREATION

METROPOLIS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE (MII) CREATION
January

5TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Metropolis for the People: Seeking Solidarity among World Citizens”

TOKYO

5TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Metropolis for the People: Seeking Solidarity among World Citizens”

June

Metropolis participates to the UNHABITAT II "CITY SUMMIT" and proposes the establishment of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination (WACLAC)

PARIS

Metropolis participates to the UNHABITAT II "CITY SUMMIT" and proposes the establishment of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination (WACLAC)

Metropolis takes part in it and proposes the establishment of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination (WACLAC)

1997

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

SANTIAGO DE CHILE

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

1998

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

SEOUL

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

JOAN CLOS (BARCELONA) SUCCEEDS MICHEL GIRAUD (ÎLE-DE-FRANCE) AS PRESIDENT

JOAN CLOS (BARCELONA) SUCCEEDS MICHEL GIRAUD (ÎLE-DE-FRANCE) AS PRESIDENT

1999

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PARIS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOSEP ROIG MARTÍ is nominated METROPOLIS SECRETARY GENERAL

JOSEP ROIG MARTÍ is nominated METROPOLIS SECRETARY GENERAL

March 1999

6TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “A Network of Cities for World Citizens”

BARCELONA

6TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “A Network of Cities for World Citizens”

  • APPROVAL OF THE ACTION PLAN 1999-2002

2000

METROPOLIS’ REGIONAL SECRETARIES CREATION

METROPOLIS SECRETARIAT GENERAL MOVES TO BARCELONA

October

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

GUANGZHOU

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

2001

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

RIO DE JANEIRO

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

2002

May

7TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Metropolitan Governance in the New Millennium”

SEOUL

 

  • 1ST METROPOLIS AWARDS “Seeking better quality of life for the world’s metropolises”
  • SEOUL DECLARATION ON METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE

  • APPROVAL OF THE ACTION PLAN 2002-2005

7TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Metropolitan Governance in the New Millennium”

2003

September

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

ISTANBUL

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

2004

January

UCLG CREATION

ILE-DE-FRANCE

UCLG CREATION

UCLG CREATION
September

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

ESTADO DE MEXICO

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

2005

May

8TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Tradition and Transformation. The Future of the City”

BERLIN

 

  • 2ND METROPOLIS AWARDS 

  • APPROVAL OF THE ACTION PLAN 2005-2008

  • METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK CREATION

  • Metropolis Women’s congress

  • Youth Congress “My City - Visions 2005 +”

8TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Tradition and Transformation. The Future of the City”

2006

METROPOLIS EXTRAORDINARY ANNUAL MEETING

ILE-DE-FRANCE

 

  • JEAN-PAUL HUCHON (ÎLE-DE-FRANCE) SUCCEEDS JOAN CLOS (BARCELONA) AS PRESIDENT

METROPOLIS EXTRAORDINARY ANNUAL MEETING
June

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

TORONTO

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

2007

December

1ST METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women”

BRUSSELS

1ST METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women”

1ST METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women”
September

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

ANTANANARIVO

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

2008

October

9TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Connecting Cities”

SYDNEY

9TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Connecting Cities”

  • 1ST REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER IN MASHHAD

  • 3RD METROPOLIS AWARDS

  • APPROVAL OF THE ACTION PLAN 2009-2011

9TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Connecting Cities”

2009

May

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

MOSCOW

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

October

2ND METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women: Visions and Challenges for a Women-Friendly City”

SEOUL

2ND METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women: Visions and Challenges for a Women-Friendly City”

2ND METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women: Visions and Challenges for a Women-Friendly City”

2010

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING

BARCELONA

2011

November

10TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Cities in Transition”

PORTO ALEGRE

 

  • APPROVAL OF THE ACTION PLAN 2012-2014

  • APPROVAL OF METROPOLIS INITIATIVES 

  • ALAIN LE SAUX SUCCEEDS JOSEP ROIG AS METROPOLIS SECRETARY GENERAL

  • 4TH METROPOLIS AWARDS

10TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Cities in Transition”

2012

LAUNCH OF THE URBAN INNOVATION PROGRAM

LAUNCH OF THE URBAN INNOVATION PROGRAM

1ST GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION 

LAUNCH OF THE URBAN INNOVATION PROGRAM
November

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “Innovation towards a Better Future”

GUANGZHOU

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “Innovation towards a Better Future”

2013

July

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “Caring Cities”

JOHANNESBURG

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “Caring Cities”

March

METROPOLIS INTERNATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE (MITI) OPENING

SEOUL

 

  • From MII to MITI - Headquarters in Seoul
  • Regional centers in: Cairo, Mashhad, Mexico City, Paris and Île-de-France

METROPOLIS INTERNATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE (MITI) OPENING
September

3RD METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women: Women and Armed Conflict”

ABIDJAN

3RD METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women: Women and Armed Conflict”

3RD METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FORUM “Dynamic Cities Need Women: Women and Armed Conflict”

2014

November

2ND GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION

GUANGZHOU

2ND GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION

October

11TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Cities for All”

HYDERABAD

 

  • APPROVAL OF THE METROPOLIS ACTION PLAN 2015-2017 BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  • APPROVAL OF THE NEW STATUTES AND THE RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE ASSOCIATION

  • OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF VOICE OF THE MAYORS

  • OFFICIAL LAUNCH METROPOLIS YOUTH 

  • OFFICIAL POLICY TRANSFER PLATFORM (PTP) LAUNCH

  • METROPOLIS WOMEN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK’s president becomes a member of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • 5TH METROPOLIS AWARDS “Seeking Better Quality of Life for the World’s Metropolises”

 

11TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Cities for All”

2015

December

DENIS CODERRE SUCCEEDS JEAN-PAUL HUCHON (ÎLE-DE-FRANCE) AS PRESIDENT

DENIS CODERRE (MONTRÉAL) SUCCEEDS JEAN-PAUL HUCHON (ÎLE-DE-FRANCE) AS PRESIDENT

DENIS CODERRE SUCCEEDS JEAN-PAUL HUCHON (ÎLE-DE-FRANCE) AS PRESIDENT
May

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “LIVE THE CITY”

BUENOS AIRES

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “LIVE THE CITY”

  • APPROVAL OF ACTION PLAN REVISION to incorporate the Gender Mainstreaming Perspective for the first time

  • VOICE OF THE MAYORS DEBATE

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “LIVE THE CITY”
October

HABITAT III: THEMATIC MEETING ON METROPOLITAN AREAS

MONTREAL

HABITAT III: THEMATIC MEETING ON METROPOLITAN AREAS

HABITAT III: THEMATIC MEETING ON METROPOLITAN AREAS
September

FELIP ROCA SUCCEEDS ALAIN LE SAUX AS SECRETARY GENERAL

FELIP ROCA SUCCEEDS ALAIN LE SAUX AS SECRETARY GENERAL

2016

December

3RD GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION

GUANGZHOU

3RD GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION

March

METROPOLIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MEXICO CITY

METROPOLIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (in the framework of the Habitat III thematic meeting “Financing urban development: the millennium challenge”)

May

PREPCITY#3 “Cities as Actors” – PRINCIPLES FOR BETTER CITIES

BERLIN

PREPCITY#3 “Cities as Actors” – PRINCIPLES FOR BETTER CITIES

PREPCITY#3 “Cities as Actors” – PRINCIPLES FOR BETTER CITIES
November

METROPOLIS OBSERVATORY PROJECT LAUNCH

BARCELONA AND WORLDWIDE

METROPOLIS OBSERVATORY PROJECT LAUNCH

METROPOLIS OBSERVATORY PROJECT LAUNCH
October

METROPOLIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

BOGOTA

METROPOLIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (in the framework of the 5TH UCLG World Congress)

METROPOLIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

2017

June

12TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Global Challenges: Major Cities in Action”

MONTREAL

12TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Global Challenges: Major Cities in Action”

  • FROM INITIATIVES TO PILOT PROJECTS (effective in 2018)
  • DENNIS CODERRE PRESIDENCY IS RENEWED
  • OCTAVI DE LA VARGA SUCCEEDS FELIP ROCA AS SECRETARY GENERAL
  • MONTREAL DECLARATION “CITIES IN THE VANGUARD TO ADDRESS LOCAL AND GLOBAL ISSUES AND IMPLEMENT THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE”

12TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS “Global Challenges: Major Cities in Action”

2018

August

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “Inclusive Metropolitan Cities and City-Regions”

GAUTENG

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “Inclusive Metropolitan Cities and City-Regions”

  • LAUNCH OF THE GAUTENG DECLARATION “INCLUSIVE METROPOLITAN CITIES AND CITY-REGIONS”
  • POLICY DEBATE - METROPOLIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS: MICHAEL MüLLER (BERLIN) IS CONFIRMED PRESIDENT OF METROPOLIS

METROPOLIS ANNUAL MEETING “Inclusive Metropolitan Cities and City-Regions”
December

4TH GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION

GUANGZHOU

4TH GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION

4TH GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR URBAN INNOVATION
January

EXTRAORDINARY VIRTUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXTRAORDINARY VIRTUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

January

MICHAEL MüLLER (BERLIN) ASSUMES THE PRESIDENCY OF METROPOLIS ON AN INTERIM BASIS

MICHAEL MüLLER (BERLIN) ASSUMES THE PRESIDENCY OF METROPOLIS ON AN INTERIM BASIS

MICHAEL MüLLER (BERLIN) ASSUMES THE PRESIDENCY OF METROPOLIS ON AN INTERIM BASIS
October

THE WORLD METROPOLITAN DAY IS CELEBRATED FOR THE 1ST TIME

WORLDWIDE

THE WORLD METROPOLITAN DAY IS CELEBRATED FOR THE 1ST TIME

THE WORLD METROPOLITAN DAY IS CELEBRATED FOR THE 1ST TIME

2019

April

Metropolis Board of Directors meeting and II Policy Debate entitled “Civil Engagement in Changing Metropolises” (in the framework of UCLG Executive Bureau)

MONTEVIDEO

Metropolis Board of Directors meeting and II Policy Debate entitled “Civil Engagement in Changing Metropolises”  (in the framework of UCLG Executive Bureau)

March

FROM POLICY TRANSFER PLATFORM (PTP) TO URBAN SUSTAINABLE EXCHANGE (USE) PLATFORM

BERLIN AND WORLDWIDE

FROM POLICY TRANSFER PLATFORM (PTP) TO URBAN SUSTAINABLE EXCHANGE (USE) PLATFORM

FROM PTP TO URBAN SUSTAINABLE EXCHANGE (USE) PLATFORM
May

LAUNCH OF THE DECENTRALIZED COOPERATION PROGRAM (EU DG DEVCO FUNDED)

LAUNCH OF THE DECENTRALIZED COOPERATION PROGRAM (EU DG DEVCO FUNDED)

LAUNCH OF THE DECENTRALIZED COOPERATION PROGRAM (EU DG DEVCO FUNDED)

2020

March

LAUNCH OF THE CITIES FOR GLOBAL HEALTH PLATFORM

LAUNCH OF THE CITIES FOR GLOBAL HEALTH PLATFORM

LAUNCH OF THE CITIES FOR GLOBAL HEALTH PLATFORM

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