The League of Historical Cities (LHC)
The League of Historical Cities (LHC) was established in Kyoto, Japan in 1987. It holds a biennial world conference and provides cities from different cultures with a platform for bilateral cooperation and mutual learning. The League also acts as a think tank for bilateral cooperation and best practices.
The City of Kyoto proposed the World Conference of Historical Cities in the hope of an exchange of precious experience and knowledge acquired by each of the Historical cities and exploring the roles which should be played by cities to encourage the well-being of human race and the enrichment of its culture as we head towards the 21st century.
In 1987, the first Conference was held in Kyoto.
In order to continue holding the conference and promote exchange between the participating cities, the World Conference of Historical Cities Council was established.
Then the second Conference was held in Florence in 1988, and the third conference was held in Barcelona and Girona in 1991.
On the occasion of the 4th World Conference of Historical Cities, held again in Kyoto in 1994, in order to further strengthen the foundation of the World Conference of Historical Cities it was decided to reorganize and develop the existing Council to form an expanded League of Historical Cities with new member cities.
The League was established with the unanimous approval of all participants.