Call for Submissions: 4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Applicants are invited to apply for 4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award), a platform for the sharing and exchange of successful innovative practices.

The Guangzhou Award supports the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA), contributing to the creation of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.

The Guangzhou Award is co-sponsored by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis), and City of Guangzhou. The award aims to recognize innovation in improving social, economic and environmental sustainability in cities and regions and, in so doing, to advance the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens.

Objectives

The objectives of the Guangzhou Award are to:

  • Recognize innovation as a key contributing factor in meeting the social, economic, environmental and governance challenges facing a rapidly changing world;
  • Promote the sharing and exchange of lessons learned from successful innovation;
  • Provide a platform for the documentation, dissemination and analysis of the local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

Prize

  • The Guangzhou Award will be discerned to up to five (5) cities for each award cycle. Each of the winning cities will receive a USD 20,000 cash prize, a trophy and a commemorative certificate designed for the award.
  • The winners of the Guangzhou Award are also invited to attend special events including the Guangzhou International Conference on Urban Innovation, an exhibition and the award ceremony.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Guangzhou Award is open to all cities and regions worldwide, including members of UCLG and Metropolis.
  • An initiative that is entered for the Guangzhou Award should meet the following eligibility criteria:
    • It should be an original undertaking such as a new policy, project, business model or practice that promotes social, economic and/or environmental sustainability in a city or region;
    • It should be an ongoing or recently completed initiative (within the past two years);
    • It should provide evidence and/or indicators of substantial impact and/or success in meeting the initiative’s stated objective(s).
  • Cities and local authorities are encouraged to submit up to three initiatives that support a given policy including those that are implemented in collaboration with private and civil society partners.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities, and the New Urban Agenda serve as the overarching guidelines on the thematic areas and domains covered by the Guangzhou Award. For the New Urban Agenda, particular focus is being placed on urban planning and design, financing urban development, access to affordable housing, infrastructure and services.
  • Submissions that do not succeed in being selected for the Guangzhou Award may re-submit in subsequent cycles should there be new evidence or indicators of impact or change.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit 4th Guangzhou International Award.

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