World Mayor 2020

World Mayor nominations 2020

City Mayors Foundation

World Mayor
London SW1
Tel: +44 20 8439 7978

• Longlist 2020
• Definitions of poverty
• Nomination criteria
• World Mayor history
• World Mayor Prize
• Code of Ethics

• Meet the Press










Tann vom Hove
Senior Fellow
Position: Senior Editor
Location: London, UK
Expertise: Economics, government, politics, marketing, statistics
Languages: English, German, French

Mayraj Fahim
Senior Fellow
Position: Local government adviser
Location: Connecticut, USA
Expertise: Municipal finance and local government re-organisation
Languages: English

Tony Favro
Senior Fellow
Position: North America Editor
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Expertise: Local government, politics, society, environment, writing
Languages: English, Italian

Matteo Dalle Fratte
Senior Fellow
Position: Southern Europe Editor
Location: London and Venice
Expertise: Local government, journalism
Languages: Italian, English

Michael O'Connor
Senior Fellow
Position: Social care consultant
Location: London, UK
Expertise: Social care, adult and child services & community development
Languages: English

Brian Baker
Position: Local government and environment correspondent
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Expertise: Local government, politics, environment, writing & research
Languages: English

Andrew Stevens
Position: UK Editor
Location: London
Expertise: Urbanism, research, politics and social media
Languages: English

Dr Graham Cunningham
Position: Historical adviser
Location: Cambridge, UK
Expertise: European and Asian history, education
Languages: English, German, Latin

Matteo Dalle Fratte
Position: Southern Europe Editor
Location: London and Venice
Expertise: Local government, journalism
Languages: Italian, English

Jonas Schorr
Position: Political adviser
Location: Berlin
Expertise: Politics, local government, city branding
Languages: English, German, Mandarin

Jacek Bruchal
Position: Research Consultant and Eastern European Editor
Location: London, Warsaw
Expertise: Research, Finance, Economics, European politics
Languages: Polish, English, Russian

Guy Kervella
Associate Fellow
Position: Research Editor
Location: London, UK, Paris, France
Expertise: Marketing, tourism, Chinese and Indian urban development
Languages: English, French

Brian Moore
Associate Fellow
Position: Editorial Consultant
Location: Hastings, UK
Expertise: Publishing, writing and editing
Languages: English

Adriana Maciel
Associate Fellow
Location: Mexico City
Expertise: Politics, writing, languages
Languages: Spanish, English, French

Dr Paulo Botas
Associate Fellow
Position: Education Editor
Location: London
Expertise: Education and academic research
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish

Rodrigo M Queiroga
Associate Fellow
Position: Brazil Editor
Location: Belo Horizonte,Brazil
Expertise: Health, IT, local and regional govmernment
Languages: Portuguese, English, Mandarin, Spanish, German

Dr Baldemar Méndez Antonio
Position: Latin America Correspondent
Location: Mexico City
Expertise: Engineering, politics, writing
Languages: Spanish, English

Renato S Pesci
Position: Built environment adviser
Location: London, UK
Expertise: Architecture, art, design and education
Languages: English, Italian, French

Kaspar Swankey
Position: Sculptor
Location: Berlin
Expertise: Sculpting, black smith
Languages: English, German

Manuel Ferrari
Position: Creative Director
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Expertise: Animation, live action filming, graphic design, illustrations
Languages: French, English

Kevin Visdeloup
Associate Fellow
Position: Art Editor
Location: Hamburg
Expertise: Art & design
Languages: German, French, English

Ruth E Maguire
Founding Fellow
Died 23 April 2006

The World Mayor Project since 2004
The City Mayors Foundation has awarded The World Mayor Prize and Commendations since 2004. Every two years, the World Mayor Project features mayors who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and have developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world. 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); Poverty (2020). The 2020 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be presented to mayors who have made the relief of poverty in their communities one of their top priorities.

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 good 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.

World Mayor 2020
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 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 provided a fascinating inside into challenges faced by cities and mayors in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa.

In the time of the CoronaVirus
As the CoronaVirus races across the world, many cities, towns and smaller communities have never faced a greater challenge. While governments and other national institutions have developed strategies and established the legal frameworks to combat the Virus (COVID-19), it is at local level where the consequences of the pandemic are felt strongest and have primarily to be dealt with.

In recognition of the extraordinary demands many city leaders in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas are confronted with, the 2020 World Mayor Project will honour mayors who have performed exceptionally to protect their citizens and communities from the effects of the CoronaVirus pandemic.

Please nominate a mayor who has shown great leadership during the CoronaVirus crisis for the 2020 World Mayor Prize. NOMINATION FORM

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 to compete on equal terms with those from large metropolises. A cross-selection of the most interesting testimonials are published on the World Mayor website.

The 2020 World Mayor Project is dedicated to mayors who have made the fight against poverty one of their top priorities. During the course of 2020, World Mayor will report on poverty in cities from across the world, examine the causes of poverty and highlight local government actions against poverty. With the support of commentators and participants in the 2020 Project, World Mayor will describe and examine innovative anti-poverty concepts by enlightened and forward-thinking mayors. The World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be conferred on mayors who have made outstanding and long-lasting contributions to relieving poverty in the their communities.

Mayors to be considered for the World Mayor Honours will also have shown that they regard all local residents, including the poor and the vulnerable, as valuable members of their communities. Mayors will not tolerate any form of discrimination against people who have little. Mayors will ensure their rights in society and protect their dignity.

Timeline 2020
Nominations and testimonials for the 2020 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be accepted until the publication of the closed Shortlist in the summer. The first edition of the open Longlist will be released in March. After the publication of the Shortlist, World Mayor participants will be invited to vote for and comment on the shortlisted mayors. Voting will close in November 2020. The winners of the 2020 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be announced in January 2021.

The philanthropic City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank on urban affairs, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.

World Mayor 2020 is looking for mayors who believe that people, whatever their social status, origin or background, are their cities’ greatest capital. The mayors recognise that the most disadvantaged members of society require support and a path out of poverty. Criteria

Honours 2004 to 2018
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)