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ABOUT WORLD MAYOR
The World Mayor Prize for
Friendship between Cities
In 2023, the City Mayors Foundation will award the World Mayor Friendship Prize to a mayor and city that have made outstanding contributions to friendship, partnership and cooperation between towns and cities at home and across borders.
Cities acting on their own can be beacons of excellence. But when cities work together, learn from each other, share resources, exchange ideas and, above all, encourage their citizens to meet and form friendships, they can truly become a force for good. In all parts of the world, many towns and cities, irrespective of their size, have developed unique solutions to meet social, economic and environmental challenges. Often, these solutions are worth sharing.
At a time of strife, conflict and war between nations, cities, when joining forces, can become peacemakers. The 2023 World Mayor Project will feature mayors who promote peace and prosperity through friendship between cities.
By awarding the Friendship Prize, the 2023 World Mayor Project also aims to encourage acts of generosity and kindness towards less fortunate towns and cities, including towards those affected by conflicts and natural disasters. The 2023 Project will honour mayors from wealthy cities who share resources and expertise with poorer and left-behind communities in their own countries or overseas.
We invite individuals and organisations to take part in World Mayor 2023.
The World Mayor Project since 2004
The City Mayors Foundation has awarded The World Mayor Prize and Awards since 2004. Every two years, the World Mayor Project features some of the world’s most outstanding mayors, mayors who have served their fellow citizens with integrity, courage and imagination. The Honours are awarded to mayors who have worked for the benefit of all citizens, irrespective of race, gender, religion, politics or legal status. The World Mayor Prize also recognises its recipients’ constructive engagement in social affairs, the environment, cross-border cooperation and peace efforts. Since 2016, the World Mayor Project has addressed some of the big issues of our time: The refugee crisis (2016); The underrepresentation of women in local government (2018); Cities during Covid (2021); Friendship between cities (2023).
Mayors to be considered for the World Mayor Prize are not selected by a jury but nominated and supported by individuals and organisations from cities around the world.
The City Mayors Foundation
The philanthropic City Mayors Foundation, an international research think tank dedicated to local government, is maintained by professionals from Europe, Asia and The Americas who work together to promote strong, just and prosperous cities as well as excellent local government. Established in 2003, City Mayors carries out and publishes original research, provides pro-bono services and establishes guidelines to ethical, open and honest local government.
The City Mayors Foundation has no association with any city or organisation and is run on philanthropic lines. Sponsorships, advertising, subscriptions, donations or any other kind of revenue are NOT sought and will be rejected, if offered.
Code of Ethics
The City Mayors Foundation and the World Mayor Project were established in 2003 to promote, encourage and facilitate good local government. To strengthen local government further, a Code of Ethics for city leaders, who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach, has been devised. All mayors wishing to be considered for the World Mayor Prize are expected to agree with the Code of Ethics. They are also encouraged to measure themselves against a catalogue of universal qualities demanded from mayors.
World Mayor Dialogue
Since the inception of World Mayor in 2004, millions of people from across the world have taken part in the bi-annual project. They nominated and voted for mayors who, in their opinion, deserved to be honoured. They discussed their chosen mayors’ merits but also mentioned any shortcomings. The discussions among World Mayor participants have provided a fascinating insight into the varied challenges faced by cities and mayors in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. The 2023 World Mayor Project will feature mayors and cities who are dedicated to friendship, partnership and cooperation between towns and cities at home and abroad.
When the rules for the World Mayor Project were established, the City Mayors Foundation emphasised that the strength of argument expressed in endorsements carried more weight than their actual numbers. By stressing the significance of well-argued testimonials, the organisers aim to ensure that project participants think carefully about the merits of their chosen mayors. The rules also enable mayors from smaller towns and even villages to compete on equal terms with those from large metropolises. A selection of the most interesting testimonials are regularly published on the World Mayor website.
Phase 1 of World Mayor runs from January until the end of June 2023. During Phase 1, members of the public and organisations are invited to nominate and support mayors and cities who, in their opinion, are dedicated to friendship, partnership and cooperation between towns and cities at home and abroad. A final longlist was published in May 2023.
The 2023 World Mayor shortlist was published on 19 July 2023.
Phase two of World Mayor runs from July to end of October 2023. During phase 2, members of the public and organisations will vote which mayor and city, from the shortlist, should be awarded the 2023 World Mayor Prize and Awards.
The winners of the 2023 World Mayor Prize and Awards will be announced towards the end of 2023.
We invite individuals and organisations to take part in World Mayor 2023. We encourage support for mayors from large and small towns and cities from anywhere in the world.
Please send us your votes and statements of support by 27 October 2023.
Honours 2004 to 2021
In 2021: Joint Winners of the World Mayor Prize: Ahmed Aboutaleb (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Philippe Rio (Grigny, France);
Awards: Leila Mustapha (Raqqa, Syria); Mansur Yavas (Ankara, Turkey); Peter Kurz (Mannheim, Germany); Ricardo Rio (Braga, Portugal); Matús Vallo (Bratislava, Slovakia); François Decoster (Saint-Omer, France); Aldo D'Achille (San Bellino, Italy)
In 2018: Winner of the World Mayor Prize: Valeria Mancinelli (Ancona, Italy); Commendations: Ros Jones (Doncaster, UK); Nathalie Appéré (Rennes, France); Charlotte Britz (Saarbrücken, Germany); Beng Climaco (Zamboanga City, Philippines)
In 2016: Winner: Bart Somers (Mechelen, Belgium); Runner-up: Wolfgang G Müller (Lahr, Germany); In third place: Georgios Kaminis (Athens, Greece)
In 2014: Winner: Naheed Nenshi (Calgary, Canada); Runner-up: Daniël Termont (Ghent, Belgium); In third place: Tri Rismaharini (Surabaya, Indonesia)
In 2012: Winner: Iñaki Azkuna (Bilbao, Spain); Runner-up: Lisa Scaffidi (Perth, Australia); In third place: Joko Widodo (Surakarta, Indonesia)
In 2010: Winner: Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico); Runner-up: Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City, USA); In third place: Domenico Lucano (Riace, Italy)
In 2008: Winner: Helen Zille (Cape Town, South Africa); Runner up: Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich, Switzerland); In third place: Leopoldo López (Chacao, Venezuela)
In 2006: Winner: John So (Melbourne, Australia); Runner up: Job Cohen (Amsterdam, Netherland); In third place: Stephen Reed (Harrisburg, USA)
In 2005: Winner: Dora Bakoyannis (Athens, Greece); Runner-up: Hazel McCallion (Mississauga, Canada); In third place: Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana, Albania); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City, Mexico); In third place: Walter Veltroni (Rome, Italy)
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