On September 14, 2023, the preliminary results for the 6th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award) were announced at an international urban innovation symposium held in Guangzhou. The event, attended by over 100 representatives from organizations such as the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolis, the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation (GIUI), and participating cities, unveiled the 15 cities that have made it to the shortlist for innovative urban initiatives.
The selected initiatives are proposed by the following cities -Antalya, Türkiye; Bogotá, Colombia; Cape Town, South Africa; Gwangju, Korea; Halandri, Greece; Iztapalapa, Mexico; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kampala, Uganda; Kazan, Russia; Mannheim, Germany; Pimpri Chinchwad, India; Ramallah, Palestine; São Paulo, Brazil; Tehran, Iran; Xianning, China.
It's worth noting that this edition of the Guangzhou Award attracted a total of 274 applications from 193 cities and local governments from 54 countries and regions. The shortlisted urban innovation initiatives were meticulously evaluated and approved by the 6th Guangzhou Award Technical Committee, composed of 11 experts from 11 countries. The evaluation criteria included innovation, effectiveness, applicability, impact, and alignment with the New Urban Agenda (NUA).
Established in 2012 by the UCLG, Metropolis, and the city of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou Award aims to promote improvements in global urban governance, innovation, and sustainable development.
According to officials from the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office, more than 90 cities participating in this edition of the Guangzhou Award are first-time entrants, underscoring the award's growing international influence in fostering exchanges and mutual learning among global cities and local governments.
During the announcement ceremony, Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG, emphasized that the Guangzhou Award serves as a platform for discovering, documenting, and sharing local urban innovation initiatives. "Through the involved networks, Metropolis, and UCLG with the leadership of the city of Guangzhou, we are ensuring the up-scaling of practices and the links between local, regional, and global agendas," she said.
The next step for the 6th Guangzhou Award is the online defense session for the shortlisted urban initiatives, scheduled for November this year. During this session, a panel of judges will select five winning cities and ten cities to receive honorable mentions. The official awards ceremony will take place during the Forum of Mayors 2023, which is scheduled for December 7th to 9th.
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