Yokohama pursues international cooperation through projects based on unique approaches, including interurban collaborations with sister/friendship cities and members of The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements (CITYNET), attraction of and support for international organizations that strive to solve global-scale problems, support for areas affected by large-scale natural disasters, and more.
In addition to the partnership agreement signed with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in October 2011, collaboration through CITYNET and other such cooperative measures, Yokohama accepts trainees and dispatches Japanese specialists in fields such as water works, urban planning, environmental preservation, disaster prevention, waste processing, medicine and hygiene as part of active participation in cooperative international activities that make use of our urban development experience.
International Organizations Supported by Yokohama City
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
The ITTO headquarters was established in Yokohama in 1986, and it is the only organization created under the auspices of the United Nations (based on a UN agreement) that has its headquarters in Japan. The organization promotes business founded on sustainable utilization of tropical trees as well as trade of lawfully manufactured timber and wood products rooted in sustainable business practices, and recruits member countries in pursuit of protection and restoration of tropical trees, sustainable utilization and other such goals.
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies(IUC)
With a primary focus on university undergraduate and graduate students from North America, the IUC provides intensive Japanese language education for intermediate and advanced learners and also carries out research. The organization relocated to Yokohama in 1987. IUC graduates are active around the world in a wide range of Japan-related fields, serving as researchers, government employees and businesspeople.
World Food Programme (WFP) Japan Relations Office
Fighting on the front lines of the battle to end hunger around the world, this United Nations organization saves lives by responding quickly to emergency situations and immediately sending foodstuffs as relief for people threatened by shortages. In addition to emergency response measures, the WFP undertakes school lunch payment programs, self-support programs and other efforts to provide medium- and long-term support in pursuit of a future world free from hunger. The Japan Relations office was opened in Yokohama in 1996.
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office in Japan
This specialized United Nations organization strives to help expand the world’s agricultural, forestry and fishery industries and develop agricultural towns and villages. FAO’s goal is to achieve a world in which nutritional, safe food is available to everyone so that they can lead healthy lives. Japan’s liaison office was established in Yokohama in 1997.
CITYNET Yokohama Project Office
* Established in 2013
* The Office provides numerous training, capacity-building and collaborative exchange opportunities in Yokohama for CITYNET members through:
・Facilitated knowledge exchange
・Large and small-scale projects
・Seminars and workshops
Institut Francais Yokohama
* Established in 1990
* An official agency of the French government that holds various cultural events, fosters French-Japan cultural exchange and offers French language education to the citizens of Yokohama.