Global Partners & Alliances

The National League of Cities has a network of partnerships and alliances across the United States and around the world. At the present time, programs and projects are underway with the following institutions

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
NLC and FCM are sister associations, with FCM being the national municipal association for Canada.  The establishment of a joint working group whose members are local elected officials was approved by both organizations in 2004.   The working group acts as a forum for the exchange of information on common issues of interest, such as trade, tourism, sustainability, diversity, border security, finance and the role of municipalities in their respective governmental structures.  Members of the working group are appointed by the respective Presidents of NLC and FCM.

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
A global network of local government officials from over 100 countries in every region of the world.  Members share experiences, learn about successful programs, and establish alliances for mutual benefit.  As the advocate for democracy and decentralized authority in cities and towns around the world, UCLG represents local interests before world institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.  Through research, education and technical assistance, UCLG supports efforts to promote gender equity, local government innovation, and capacity building and leadership in cities and towns.  Representatives from the National League of Cities hold seats on the governing board of UCLG.  NLC Past President Clarence Anthony, Mayor, South Bay, Florida, is the elected treasurer of UCLG and a member of the management committee.

U.S.-China Exchange Association
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to building relationships between American and Chinese leaders in business and local government.  The organization sponsors a trade and business development mission to China each year for elected municipal officials and entrepreneurs.  Contact Mr. George Wang, President, at

Sister Cities International
A U.S.-based nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between American and international communities.  Formed out of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1956 White House conference on citizen diplomacy, the sister cities movement has grown to include thousands of twinnings between cities, towns and villages around the world.  As the earliest partner helping to nurture this organization, the National League of Cities remains committed to cooperation and collaboration.

American Council on Germany (ACG)
A private, nonprofit organization which promotes open communication and mutual understanding between the United States and Germany.  Through symposia, publications, and exchange programs, ACG works to ensure that the two most important partners in the transatlantic alliance have a clear understanding of each others concerns and interests.  Each year, the NLC nominates mid-career local government professionals to receive the John J. McCloy Fellowship in Urban Affairs.

German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS)
A U.S.-based foundation promoting exchanges of practical experience between Americans and Europeans, particularly those in the national and local policy communities.  Each year, the NLC nominates young local government leaders for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship to Europe. 

Japan Local Government Center
A nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing international cooperation, understanding and exchange at the local level between Japanese communities and their counterparts in the U.S. and Canada.  Each year, NLC nominates executive directors of state municipal leagues to receive a two-week Fellowship experience in Japan.  The Center is part of CLAIR, the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.  CLAIR serves all local governments in Japan.