“The Guangzhou Award is all about capacity building,” said Peter Woods, Emeritus Mayor and Ambassador, UCLG-ASPAC, during the announcement at the UCLG Congress in Bogota (12-15 October). “Smaller cities that normally feel inadequate due to resources, are starting to participate. The Guangzhou Award have drawn in other people and new cities.”
The technical committee chose the 15 cities from 300 applicants of which organisers report a 60 percent increase since the previous edition in 2014.
The projects aim to promote the exchange of best practices cover a diverse set of sectors and aims, like increasing the voice of youth in local government decision making (Boston, USA), climate resilient neighbourhoods that can be scaled up to a city-level (Copenhagen), and water bank improvements for economic development (Malang).
The shortlisted cities are; Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Asuncion (Paraguay), Boston (USA), Brussels Capital Region (Belgium), Copenhagen (Denmark), Jakarta (Indonesia), La Paz (Bolivia), Lüleburgaz (Turkey), Malang (Indonesia), Menashe (Israel), Qalyubeya Governorate (Egypt), Ramallah (Palestine), Songpa-gu (South-Korea), Tampere (Finland), and Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Mexico.
The 15 cities will present their projects during the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Conference & Guangzhou International Innovation Festival that is taking place from 5-8 December 2016 in Guangzhou where the jury will also announce the five award winners.
Throughout 2017 all shortlisted cities will host study tours for others to attend to learn about their implementation.