Discover the 15 innovative urban initiatives that are shortlisted to compete in the Guangzhou International Award

A total of 313 initiatives have been submitted from 213 cities in 70 countries and regions. After reviewing the applications, members of the technical committee of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation, which met in Surabaya, Indonesia, in parallel to the 7th Congress of United Cities and Local Governments - Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC Congress), announced the 15 short-listed cities.

These are the cities of Santa Fe (Argentina), Sydney (Australia), El Salvador (Brazil), Repentigny (Canada), Wuhan and Yiwu (China), Santa Ana (Costa Rica), Surabaya (Indonesia), Milan (Italy), Guadalajara (Mexico), Utrecht (Netherlands), Kazan (Russia), eThekwini (South Africa), Mezitli (Turkey) and New York (United States).

These 15 pre-selected cities and local governments will be invited to present their projects at the Guangzhou 2018 International Conference on Urban Innovation, which isto be held in December. The independent jury will choose 5 winners from among them.

The event will bring together more than a thousand participants from around the world, including mayors, opinion leaders, experts and academics, company representatives and international organizations.

The Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Award is jointly organized by UCLG, Metropolis and the Municipality of Guangzhou. The Guangzhou Prize aims to acknowledge innovative practices that are designed to improve the socio-economic environment of cities and regions, which promote sustainable development and thus contribute to improving the livelihoods of their citizens. This biannual award encourages and recognizes innovative projects and practices in the local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the new Urban Agenda.

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