Connecting Latin American and Caribbean cities for sustainable urban development

The IDB Cities Network is an institutional platform for knowledge, relationships and solutions at the municipal level that aims to socialize knowledge, lessons learned and good practices in environmental, economic and social sustainability of more than 160 cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. We provide support through meetings that promote institutional support, innovation, good practices and the exchange of knowledge between the public sector, the private sector and civil society to boost the demand and capacities for urban loans and investments able to solve the main challenges of cities in the region.

Our scope of work includes:

  • Dissemination and transfer of knowledge that contributes to the strengthening of local, technical and management capacities in sustainable urban development.
  • Generation of spaces for exchange and dialogue between cities on experiences aimed at solving the challenges generated by urban growth.
  • Relationship and joint work with other networks of cities and institutions interested in the promotion of sustainable urban development. 

Who is part of the network?

The Network is made up of more than 160 cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a combined population of approximately 160 million people. They are mostly intermediate and metropolitan cities with a high rate of urban growth. Created within the Housing and Urban Development Division of the IDB's Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector, the IDB Cities Network is aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III), the Paris Agreement, and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Also, we work with other networks, such as Mercociudades and C40.


Why a network?

The global economy is being urbanized, and Latin America and the Caribbean is not the exception, where 80% of the population lives in cities. Moreover, it is the region of the world with the highest proportion of inhabitants in megacities per country. It is estimated that by 2030 more than 100 million people will live in just six metropolises. Being the main engine of economic and social development in the region, the cities of Latin America and the Caribbean are becoming increasingly metropolitan areas that concentrate population, services and infrastructure, and therefore multiple challenges such as climate and social.


How does the Network fit in the urban agenda?

For cities, the Network makes it possible to prioritize the urban agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean, increase collaborative platforms that generate innovation and investment, accelerate reforms and good practices, and increase the investment disposition of cities. While for the associated partners, the Network represents an excellent platform of interaction with the cities of the region that generates business opportunities and investments such as public-private associations. And for the IDB, the Network allows to visualize its role and leadership in the objectives of sustainable development, unifying internal efforts, as well as boosting the demand for IDB operations in cities and urban reforms.



of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean live in cities.

is the percentage increase in the urban population over the past 60 years.

4 trillion
US dollars is the gross domestic product of cities in the region.

3 million
people are added to the urban workforce per year.

of loans are operationalised in cities.

of carbon emissions occur in cities.


Events 2019

March, Madrid: Migration and cities. The road to inclusive integration | Blog | Event | Video

May, Copenhagen / Malmö: Learning from the Nordic urban experience | Blog | Event | Publication 

June, Washington D.C.: Inclusive cities workshop. Female leadership in urban management | Publication | Event 

July, New York: Local development +

September, Sevilla: Ibero-American Forum of Mayors +

November, Miami: Annual Meeting of Mayors +

Previous events

. Workshop "Learning from disasters: building the resilience of the city through cultural heritage" - New Orleans, October 2018 | Publication

. Workshop "Heart of the neighborhood: the markets and the circular economy" - Montevideo, October 2018 | Agenda | Memory  

. Regional workshop "Urban revitalization based on culture" - Guadalajara, September 2018 | Agenda

. Annual Meeting of Mayors - Medellin, September 2018 | Blog | Publication | Video

. Workshop "Neighborhood 31 - Sector YPF: recommendations for the new public space" - Buenos Aires, May 2018 | Report

. Ibero-American Forum of Mayors - Mendoza, March 2018 | Blog | Publication | Video 

. Forum "Towards Innovative and Competitive Cities" - Washington D.C., September 2017 | Agenda

. Course "Sustainability of cities: the management of environmental assets and their impact on the resilience of cities" - Santander, August 2017 | Agenda