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Guangzhou Award

Guangzhou Award

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A combined project between UCLG, Metropolis and the city of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation aims to recognise and award city initiatives that are innovative in improving the livelihoods of their citizens.

The Award is presented biennially and encourages innovation in public policy, projects, business models and practices. The first Award was was held in 2012 and received 255 entries from 153 cities, in 56 countries across six continents.

Five winning cities are selected and in 2012 they included: Kocaeli (Turkey), Lilongwe (Malawi), Seoul (South Korea), Vancouver (Canada) and Vienna (Austria).

The fields for submission include Public Services, Organization and Administration, Partnership and Citizen Involvement, Smart City and Sustainable City.

The second Award was even more successful with 259 initiatives submitted from 177 cities worldwide. This cycles’ winners were Antioquia (Colombia), Bristol (U.K.), Christchurch (New Zealand), Dakar (Senegal) and Hangzhou (China).

An extra three winning categories were also added in 2014 to promote public participation in the Guangzhou Award. These categories are: an online-popular city, a media-popular city and the preferred city by the attendees of the Conference on Learning from Urban Innovation.

case studies from Guangzhou Award

Johannesburg-Lilongwe Mentorship Programme
Award
Lilongwe, Malawi

Johannesburg-Lilongwe Mentorship Programme

Lilongwe City Development Strategy has been developed through an innovative Mentorship Programme with the City of Johannesburg

Urban Solid Waste Management in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte
Award
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Urban Solid Waste Management in the Metropolita...

An inter-federation model make feasible for the municipalities to manage their waste in an integrated way.

Urban Public Bicycle Sharing Program
Award
Hangzhou, China

Urban Public Bicycle Sharing Program

With 80 percent of residents and commuters identifying a serious traffic problem in the city, Hangzhou launched China's first public bicycle project. Serving some 280,000 passengers daily, the system (free for the first hour) complements the city's extensive bus system.

Municipal Finance Program
Award
Dakar, Senegal

Municipal Finance Program

Under the leadership of the Municipal Council of Dakar, the Dakar Municipal Finance Program (DMFP) has been developed to enable the City of Dakar to gain access to capital markets for its investment needs.

Educational Parks for Youth
Award
Antioquia (Departement), Colombia

Educational Parks for Youth

Building on a widely-hailed experiment in Medellin, the entire surrounding province of Antioquia has set up a network of 80 educational parks designed to supplement traditional education with programs to honor young peoples' inherent skills and citizenship potentials.

Smart City Bristol
Award
Bristol, United Kingdom

Smart City Bristol

Bristol's innovative approach to becoming a smart city is based on people and not on technology: a Public-Private-People approach. Projects to date include smart metering, open data, smart grid and electric vehicles which build on the City's strengths in micro-electronic and digital companies.

Transitional City Programme
Award
Christchurch, New Zealand

Transitional City Programme

A transitional city programme includes support for recovery after earthquakes in three key areas: social, sense of place and business. The programme also contains elements for long-term recovery such as testing new ideas, enhancing community resilience and creating a new identity for the city.

Dakar paving streets by hands
Award
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar paving streets by hands

The program aims at modernizing and embellishing the city of Dakar while more than 1,500 employments can be created.

The Green Line: Social Development Comprehensive Plan (La Línea Verde)
Award
Aguascalientes City, Mexico

The Green Line: Social Development Comprehensiv...

The aim of the Línea Verde is to provide public spaces that contribute to enhance community life for more than 300,000 inhabitants living in the poorest area of the city.

Youth Lead the Change: Participatory Budgeting Boston
Award
Boston, United States

Youth Lead the Change: Participatory Budgeting ...

Through this participatory budgeting program, youth had the opportunity to collect ideas for capital projects, distill those ideas into concrete proposals, hold a city-wide vote to determine which projects get funded, and directly determine how $1 million is spent to improve Boston for everyone.

4°C Cooler – Using green infrastructure to build a climate resilient Melbourne
Award
Melbourne , Australia

4°C Cooler – Using green infrastructure to buil...

In 2010 the city of Melbourne appointed a new Urban Landscape Team to produce a Green Infrastructure Program to cope with a difficult future climate and maintain its economic prosperity and liveability.

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies for building resilient communities
Award
Albay (Province), Philippines

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adap...

The province of Albay in the Philippines has adopted strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) to foster economic prosperity and keep its population safe.

Free Public Transport in Tallinn
Award
Tallinn, Estonia

Free Public Transport in Tallinn

In January 2013 the capital of Estonia made a shift to free public transport and became the world's largest city to offer free transit for all its residents.

Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP)
Award
Cairo, Egypt

Participatory Development Programme in Urban Ar...

This project advises concepts and methods of participatory community development and grass roots based waste management in informal urban areas.

"I Will Centers" - Internet addiction prevention & intervention centers for children and youths
Award
Seoul , South Korea

"I Will Centers" - Internet addiction preventio...

The goal of this initiative is to create Seoul as a healthy and safe area for children and adolescents in terms of internet use.

Visionary Vancouver: creating a welcoming and sustainable place for all
Award
Vancouver, Canada

Visionary Vancouver: creating a welcoming and s...

The City of Vancouver has been awarded in 2012 the Guangzhou Award for Urban Innovation in recognition of its Greenest City and housing affordability initiatives.

"Prepare before it’s too late": learn to live with earthquakes
Award
Kocaeli (Province), Turkey

"Prepare before it’s too late": learn to live w...

After the Marmara earthquake in 1999, the City of Kocaeli decided that living with risk cannot be business as usual. The city is using risk mapping to revisit its development priorities. Moreover, the city is engaging the community in innovative public awareness efforts.

Estidama Sustainability Program
Award
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Estidama Sustainability Program

In one of the world’s most rapidly growing cities, a new government-mandated program – Estidama (Arabic for “sustainable”) - aims at making all new buildings in the United Arab Emirates more environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Buenos Aires City’s Collaborative Roundtable for Innovation and Creativity
Award
Buenos Aires (Ciudad), Argentina

Buenos Aires City’s Collaborative Roundtable fo...

The central idea of these roundtables is to engage a frank dialogue between the municipality and its citizens and to stimulate imaginative and innovative actions by senior officials.

Linköping Carbon Neutral 2025
Award
Linköping, Sweden

Linköping Carbon Neutral 2025

In 2011 the Municipal Council adopted its long-term climate goal to make Linköping a carbon-neutral community by 2025.

Rio Operations Center
Award
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Operations Center

The Rio Operations Center's responsibility is to control the city's daily operations, integrating several departments involved in Rio's routine; and to manage crisis and emergency situations.

Eskisehir City Memory Museum
Award
Eskisehir, Turkey

Eskisehir City Memory Museum

Eskishir has created a Memory Museum that combines museology with modern technology. The museum is designed with a new concept by which memory elements are recorded in a digital environment, rather than exhibited as artistic or historical objects.

Gwangju Carbon Bank system
Award
Gwangju, South Korea

Gwangju Carbon Bank system

In 2008, the City of Gwangju has initiated a program to spark voluntary carbon-saving steps by citizens. Five years later, 1.5 million Gwangju citizens were already participating or 62 percent of the city’s population.

Pluit Reservoir Revitalization Project
Award
Jakarta, Indonesia

Pluit Reservoir Revitalization Project

The Pluit Reservoir Revitalization Project is an initiative of the city of Jakarta to reduce urban flooding, improve water storage capacity and the quality of its prime water source.

The International Building Exhibition and its “Climate Protection Concept Renewable Wilhelmsburg"
Award
Hamburg, Germany

The International Building Exhibition and its “...

In 2005 Hamburg decided to support the redevelopment of the Wilhelmsburg neighborhood through hosting the International Building and the International Garden Show (IBA).

Zero Waste Program
Award
Bogotá, Colombia

Zero Waste Program

The Zero Waste Program aims to reduce waste and increase recycling by formalization of the labour force and the introduction of education and training programs for workers and the community.

Climate Smart Hyllie
Award
Malmö, Sweden

Climate Smart Hyllie

Hyllie is Malmö's largest residential and commercial development area. By 2030, Hyllie will be 100% sustained by renewable or recycled energy, achieved by using integrated new and smart technology solutions.

Greening The Grassroots in Petaling Jaya
Award
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Greening The Grassroots in Petaling Jaya

Based on business and community participation, the Greening The Grassroots programme will assist with the transformation of Petaling Jaya into a low carbon city by 2020 with government support.

West End Community Plan
Award
Vancouver, Canada

West End Community Plan

The West End Community Plan provides a clear and flexible framework to implement positive change and sustainable development.

Smarter Sustainable Dubuque
Award
Dubuque, United States

Smarter Sustainable Dubuque

Smarter Sustainable Dubuque is a partnership between the City of Dubuque and IBM Research to pilot an integrated, cross-silo initiative for managing resources and reducing carbon emissions.

Sylhet : building a water-logging resilient city
Award
Sylhet, Bangladesh

Sylhet : building a water-logging resilient city

A community based initiative to raise awareness and ensure preservation of natural water resources through sustainable drainage systems that will help eradicate water-logging in the city of Sylhet.

Know Your City: Lusaka 2030 - a city without slums
Award
Lusaka, Zambia

Know Your City: Lusaka 2030 - a city without slums

To foster a sustainable working relationship between local government and slum dwellers in a bid to expedite the creation of an inclusive city.

Development of a sustainable transport system in Addis Ababa
Award
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Development of a sustainable transport system i...

Addis Ababa’s light rail and bus rapid transit project addresses the challenges rising from an ageing transport system combined with a fast-growing population to ensure a prosperous, equitable, and sustainable city for the future.

Songpa Solar Nanum (Sharing) Power Plant
Award
Seoul , South Korea

Songpa Solar Nanum (Sharing) Power Plant

The Songpa Solar Nanum Power Plants aim to create a sustainable environment with community support, by implementing energy efficient projects with a focus on citizen welfare.

La Paz Road Zebras: A Citizen Culture Project
Award
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz Road Zebras: A Citizen Culture Project

The City of La Paz’s Zebra project employs marginalized youth and young adults to deliver a road sharing education programme aimed at pedestrians and drivers.

Copenhagen Climate-Resilient Neighbourhood strategy
Award
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen Climate-Resilient Neighbourhood stra...

Initiatives for climate change adaptation are being implemented in Copenhagen's St. Kjelds’ neighbourhood. More green spaces and innovative cloudburst solutions will increase the area’s resilience against flooding and improve life quality for residents.

Integrated Community Based Solid Waste Management
Award
Cairo, Egypt

Integrated Community Based Solid Waste Management

The Qalyubeya Governate aims to improve waste collection services in the Egyptian cities of Khosoos and Khanka, while simultaneously advancing the working conditions of the informal workforce who provide collection services.

Smart City, Freedom through Technology project
Award
Ramallah, Palestine

Smart City, Freedom through Technology project

Ramallah is deploying smart technologies to engage with citizens and improve quality and accessibility of services.

Global Vision | Urban Action program
Award
New York City, United States

Global Vision | Urban Action program

New York City’s Voluntary Local Review of the Sustainable Development Goals shows local progress for global action.

Bridging social gaps with ecological restoration
Award
Wuhan, China

Bridging social gaps with ecological restoration

The City of Wuhan has revitalized one of the most polluted areas of the city into an ecological space for citizens.

IMEPLAN
Award
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico

IMEPLAN

Citizen-led governance of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara

The Milan Food Policy
Award
Milan, Italy

The Milan Food Policy

An innovative framework for making urban food systems more sustainable and inclusive.

Mezitli Women Producers Market
Award
Mezitli, Turkey

Mezitli Women Producers Market

Providing sustainable economic and social opportunities for women

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URBACT Good Practice Label
Paris - Ile de France, France

URBACT Good Practice Label

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Lattuca Antonio Luis
Rosario, Argentina

Lattuca Antonio Luis

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Carlota Alméciga
Bogotá, Colombia

César Pinzón Medina

Individual | Director Gestión del Conocimiento - Secretaría Distrital de la Mujer, Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá