The Guangzhou Award is co-sponsored by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis) and the City of Guangzhou. The aim of the Guangzhou Award is to recognize innovation in improving social, economic and environmental sustainability and good urban governance in cities and regions and, in so doing, to advance the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens. Presented biennially, the award encourages innovation in public policy, projects, business models and practices.
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.
1. The Guangzhou Award is open to all cities and regions worldwide, including members of UCLG and Metropolis.
2. An initiative that is entered for the Guangzhou Award should meet the following eligibility criteria:
a) 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;
b) It should be an ongoing or recently completed initiative (within the past two years);
c) 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.