2020 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

Deadline: 1 June 2020
The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (abbreviated as the “Guangzhou Award” hereinafter) is discerned to innovative public policies, projects, business models and practices undertaken by cities and regions worldwide.
Its objective is to recognize the importance of public sector innovation and local leadership in promoting the sustainability of cities and regions and in advancing the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens.

The Guangzhou Award is co-sponsored by the City of Guangzhou of the People’s Republic of China, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis).

Award Information
  • Starting from 2012, the Guangzhou Award will be organized biennially, producing up to 5 winners each cycle.
  • Each Guangzhou Award winner will receive a cash prize of 20,000 US Dollars, making the total amount of cash prize 100,000 US Dollars.
  • Medals of Honor will be discerned to the short-listed cities which are not among the winners.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The Guangzhou Award is open to all city and regional governments around the world, including members of UCLG and Metropolis.
  • The Guangzhou Award strictly abides by the principles of impartiality, equitability and openness, in an effort to ensure operational transparency and independence.
  • The Guangzhou Award Organizing Committee is responsible for the organization and implementation of all affairs related to the award.
  • The Guangzhou Award Secretariat, based in the City of Guangzhou of the People’s Republic of China, takes care of the assessment organization of the Award and the daily work involved.
Assessment Criteria
The criteria that are applied to the Guangzhou Award assessment include: innovativeness, effectiveness, replicability/transferability, significance and relevance of the initiative to the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.
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