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César Maia
Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

The top 10 mayors in World Mayor 2005 were selected equally on the number of votes received and the quality and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish an edited selection of comments received in support of César Maia - Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Comment: Cesar Maia is a very intelligent and dedicated Mayor. He has been interested in our city, where he lives since he was born. He defends and protects us and achieves the possible and impossible to make Rio de Janeiro better and better everyday. I am only a 23 old boy nevertheless he listens to me (or reads my mails) and gives me attention when I comment on some of his acts. I realise we are dealing with one of that big men of the world. I am happy to live in one of the best places in the world with one of the best mayors in the world. Thanks César Maia!

Comment: César Maia, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, is a very special politician. He is a strategist and a "workaholic" that has a great knowledge of history, political science and public administration, acquired through many years of studies. Though he governs for people of all social classes the focus of the political agenda are the poorest classes, which have been provided with basic education and various social programmes since his first term of office, including the well-known Favela-Bairro, directed to slums in all regions of the city. César Maia is in his third term of office, all of them achieved in democratic elections. His administration is marked by political integrity, competence, efficiency and full commitment to Rio and its population.

Comment: Wow! For me Cesar Maia is the most powerfull man on the World Mayor short list, because his administration is so good to people who live in Rio de Janeiro.

Comment: I've never seen a mayor like César Maia. In a city like Rio de Janeiro, with big problems like violence, health, education and so on, we can be sure that by the end or his goverment the situation will be much better. He is the best manager I have ever seen.

Comment: César Maia is the best mayor Rio de Janeiro has ever had! Since he was first elected in 1993, he has carried through many social projects, projects like ‘Favela Bairro’, which have been copied by other cities. Now he has brought the 2007 Pan American Games to Rio, which will be the most important sporting event in Brazil since the 60s.

Comment: Writing about Cesar Maya is not difficult. What this man has done for Rio de Janeiro, nobody else has ever done. The love, the affection, the simplicity of this man for the city, is just the start of everything. All the workmanship which Cesar has contributed to his government had been very important. The mayor who had not just taken care of downtown Rio, but also all the points of this city. So, it is impossible to forget him.

There is a social program called Rio City, which shows a bit of his nice job. He has also another one called Favela Bairro, which consists in turn slams into quarters.

Rio de Janeiro does not stop to growing. Cesar Maia , with his seriousness and ability proves everything that is capable. There is nothing impossible for him. To prove this, our city was elected to receive people from all over Latin American for the Pan American Games 2007. The mayor is the best, he really works and that makes me feel proud of being a carioca. Cesar Maia is incredible. This guy is good.

Each year the most outstanding mayor is presented with the World Mayor Award. In 2004 the Award was won by Edi Rama, Mayor of Tirana. Dora Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens, is the winner of the 2005 World Mayor Award. 2005 results

• Mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
• Mayor of Antananarivo, Madagascar
• Mayor of Pretoria (Tshwane), South Africa

• Mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
• Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• Mayor of Mississauga, Canada
• Mayor of Montreal, Canada
• Mayor of Toronto, Canada
• Mayor of Vancouver, Canada
• Mayor of Guatemala City, Guatemala
• Mayor of Mexico City, Mexico
• Mayor of Akron, USA
• Mayor of Atlanta, USA
• Mayor of Baltimore, USA
• Mayor of Charleston, USA
• Mayor of Chicago, USA
• Mayor of New York City, USA
• Mayor of San Francisco, USA
• Mayor of Seattle, USA
• Mayor of
Tinley Park, USA
• Mayor of Washington DC, USA

• Mayor of Beijing, China
• Mayor of Shanghai, China
• Mayor of Tehran, Iran
• Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan
• Mayor of Kitakyushu, Japan
• Mayor of Karachi, Pakistan
• Mayor of San Fernando, Philippines
• Mayor of Taipei, Taiwan
• Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey

• Mayor of Melbourne, Australia
• Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand

• Mayor of Innsbruck, Austria
• Mayor of Vienna, Austria
• Mayor of Grenoble, France
• Mayor of Lyon, France
• Mayor of Paris, France
• Mayor of Strasbourg, France
• Mayor of Berlin, Germany
• Mayor of Bonn, Germany
• Mayor of Düsseldorf, Germany
• Mayor of Frankfurt, Germany
• Mayor of Hannover, Germany
• Mayor of Leipzig, Germany
• Mayor of Munich, Germany
• Mayor of Stuttgart, Germany
• Mayor of Athens, Greece
• Mayor of Rhodes, Greece
• Mayor of Budapest, Hungary
• Mayor of Rome, Italy
• Mayor of Turin, Italy
• Mayor of Venice, Italy
• Mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania
• Mayor of Skopje, Macedonia
• Mayor of Tilburg, Netherlands
• Mayor of Lublin, Poland
• Mayor of Ekaterinburg, Russia
• Mayor of Moscow, Russia
• Mayor of Madrid, Spain
• Mayor of Saragossa, Spain
• Mayor of Stockholm, Sweden
• Mayor of Hartlepool, UK
• Mayor of London, UK
• Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine

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