The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has announced the establishment of the Global Award for Sustainable Development in Cities (Shanghai Award) to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. The award aims to incentivize cities to find systematic solutions for sustainable urban development, advance Sustainable Development Goal 11, promote the localization of SDGs, and build a platform for advancing UN-Habitat’s strategic plan and flagship programmes and the Global Urban Monitoring Framework.
Cities worldwide are invited to apply for the first cycle of the Shanghai Award by 30 June 2023. The application process includes self-application and application with a nomination. The theme of the first cycle of the award is “Building Sustainable Urban Future for All.” Cities that have made significant progress in economic vitality, urban prosperity, green urban development, urban safety and resilience, and capacity building for sustainable urban development are encouraged to apply.
An international jury will select the winning cities based on the principle of fairness and impartiality, and winners will be presented with a certificate, a plaque, and a trophy at an award ceremony to be held at a major international platform. The winning cities will also be added to the best practices database of the New Urban Agenda platform and invited to attend important international events to exchange knowledge and best practices, boost potential investment, and create new opportunities for local economic development.