World Mayor 2020

World Mayor vote 20/21
Selection criteria for World Mayor 2021

ON THIS PAGE: Looking forward ||| Stronger cities ||| Fairer cities ||| Greener cities ||| Qualities of outstanding mayors |||

About World Mayor
City Mayors Foundation

- The Winners
- The Project
- The Finalists
- Rotterdam presentation
- The Shortlist
- The Longlist
- Selection criteria
- Covid-19
- World Mayor history
- World Mayor Sculpture
- Poverty
- Code of Ethics

- Press & Media

- Mayor of Ankara
- Mayor of Braga
- Mayor of Bratislava
- Mayor of Grigny
- Maire de Grigny
- Mayor of Rotterdam
- Mayor of Saint-Omer
- Mayor of San Bellino
- Sindaco di San Bellino
- Mayor of Villa del Conte

- Mayor of Ankara
- Mayor of Braga
- Mayor of Bratislava
- Mayor of Grigny
- Maire de Grigny
- Mayor of Mannheim
- Mayor of Raqqa
- Mayor of Rotterdam
- Mayor of Saint-Omer
- Maire de Saint-Omer
- Mayor of San Bellino
- Sindaco di San Bellino

- Mayor of Amsterdam
- Mayor of Ankara
- Mayor of Arnhem
- Mayor of Bergamo
- Mayor of Bogotá
- Mayor of Braga
- Mayor of Bratislava
- Mayor of Buenos Aires
- Mayor of Carmignano
- Mayor of Cascais
- Mayor of Compton
- Mayor of Dantumadiel
- Mayor of Freetown
- Mayor of Grenoble
- Mayor of Grigny
- Mayor of Guarulhos
- Mayor of Kuala Lumpur
- Mayor of Mannheim
- Mayor of Mexico City
- Mayor of Milan
- Mayor of Raqqa
- Mayor of Rostock
- Mayor of Rotterdam
- Mayor of Saint-Omer
- Mayor of San Bellino
- Mayor of Villa del Conte
- Mayor of Warsaw










World Mayor 2021: Mayors wanted
for Stronger | Fairer | Greener cities
The World Mayor Project 2021 proposes to honour mayors whose leadership during the CoronaVirus pandemic has provided their communities with protection and assurance. We are looking for mayors who showed outstanding management and social skills but also, and more importantly, acted at all times with compassion towards those most affected by Covid-19.

Looking forward: All cities, of whatever size, wherever they are, and irrespective of the severity with which they were hit by Covid-19, must become more resilient - structurally, economically, socially and environmentally. World Mayor 2021 wishes to honour mayors who understand the challenges ahead and are preparing to meet them. We are looking for mayors who are determined to make their communities Stronger | Fairer | Greener. Leadership, new thinking and courage will be needed.

Stronger cities: Cities have to be given and acquire the resources, knowledge and expertise to protect their citizens against any threats. Civic authorities must be able to maintain the physical, economic and social infrastructures of their communities. World Mayor 2021 is looking for mayors who understand that Covid-19 is not a one-off event. There will be other pandemics, there will be industrial catastrophes, there will be natural disasters, there may even be violent conflicts. We expect candidates for the World Mayor Prize to demonstrate effective strategies to make their cities more resilient in the future.

Fairer cities: To make cities more resilient, their societies have to become more equal. The COVID-19 crisis has shown that disadvantaged groups of society – the poor, minorities, refugees, the elderly and disabled as well as others – suffered disproportionally. Socially and economically divided communities are less able to unite behind a common cause and are thus more fragile and vulnerable. World Mayor is looking for mayors who work towards greater equality and fairness and instil a sense of solidarity across their communities.

Greener cities: A healthy, humane environment is essential for people’s well being. The World Mayor Project is looking for mayors whose ideas for green cities combine environmental, social, economic and cultural needs of their communities.

Green must mean creating and maintaining living spaces that allow people to interact but also provide them with room for solitary pursuits. The world’s most famous public parks, such as New York’s Central Park, London’s Hyde Park or Munich’s English Garden, provide such amenities as do thousands of squares and gardens in smaller towns and cities. But there are not enough of them and in new developments they are too often, if considered at all, an afterthought. Where do residents of the poorest neighbourhoods go for a quiet chat with friends or an hour of solitude? There is nowhere.

Green must also extend to private living spaces. Far too many people live in overcrowded and often unhealthy conditions. Allowing the slums and favelas of Africa, South America and Asia to persist is a crime against humanity. People forced to live in high-rise silos exist in a state of purgatory.

World Mayor is looking for mayors who ask themselves whenever they make a decision, take an action, how will it benefit my fellow citizens.

Universal qualities of outstanding mayors
• Competence in managing the day-to-day affairs of their cities
• Acumen of financial, business and economic affairs
• Honesty and integrity in decision-making
• Repugnance for using the office of mayor for self-enrichment
• Fairness in dealing with the varied needs and concerns of citizens
• Ability and ambition to be a mayor for all citizens, irrespective of their cultural, racial or social backgrounds and political beliefs
• Passion for fostering tolerance and amity among different communities
• Belief in working together with other cities, nationally and internationally
• Vision for a city that provides future generations of citizens with prosperity, safety and happiness
• Conviction that protecting and enhancing the environment is not optional but an absolute must
• Caring for disadvantaged groups of citizens
• Agreement to the City Mayors’ Code of Ethics