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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 for 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


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:

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

Created in 1985, Metropolis currently represents the authorities of 137 great cities and metropolitan areas in Africa, the Americas & the Caribbean, Asia & the Pacific, and Europe. Metropolis also manages the metropolitan section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).