UCLG ASPAC is one of the Regional Sections of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), United Towns Organization (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS). UCLG was established on 1 January 2004 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

Following this unification, UCLG ASPAC was established in Taipei on 14 April 2004, as the new entity of IULA ASPAC. UCLG ASPAC is the key knowledge management hub on local government issues in the Asia Pacific region.

UCLG is a worldwide association, and the only local government organization recognized by the United Nations. It nominates 10 out of 20 members of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), the first formal advisory body of local authorities affiliated with the UN.

The Asia and Pacific region is the biggest of the Regional Sections in UCLG with linkages to more than 7,000 local governments. It represents well over 3.76 billion people- making up more than half of the world’s population– and incorporates economically fast developing countries such as China, India, and Indonesia.


UCLG ASPAC members foster their collaboration in various areas, through various platforms and mechanisms. These include the establishment of UCLG ASPAC Committees to promote systematic and regular exchanges and cooperation in different geographical and thematic areas including on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

  • The Committee on Belt and Road Local Cooperation (BRLC), led by Hangzhou City, was established in 2017, with the aim to support the Belt and Road Initiative implementation. It Committee facilitates UCLG ASPAC members in identifying opportunities for collaboration and promoting exchanges of good practices on city management, economic development, and social welfare.
  • The Committee on the 21st Century Maritime Cooperation was established in 2017 by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government, with the aim of stimulating fruitful cooperation on marine economy, marine conservation, waterway security, ports, and disaster prevention.


UCLG ASPAC is the united voice and advocate of democratic local self-government, which promotes cooperation between governments and within the wider international communities in the Asia-Pacific Region.


  • To promote strong and effective democratic local self-government throughout the region/world by fostering unity and cooperation among members.
  • To ensure the effective political representation of local government to the UN and other international communities.
  • To be the worldwide source of key information on local government, learning, exchange, and capacity building to support democratic local governments and their associations.
  • To promote economic, social, cultural, vocational and environmental development by enhancing the services to the citizens based on good governance.
  • To promote race and gender equality, combating discrimination, promoting decentralized cooperation and international cooperation between local governments and their associations.
  • To promote twinning and partnership between local governments and peoples.


  • Decentralized cooperation (cities/local governments to cities/local governments exchange).
  • Advocacy.
  • Capacity building and training.
  • Research and knowledge management.
  • Project development and management