Germany joined the Cities Alliance in 2000. The German government is represented at the Alliance by the following organisations:
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
The German Organisation for International Cooperation (GIZ)
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, or GIZ, is a government-owned, international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. GIZ hosts URBANET, a network for GIZ staff, associated professionals and researchers working in the fields of municipal and urban development, decentralisation and regionalisation.