2016 Guangzhou Award


The Guangzhou Award for Urban Innovation was established in 2013 and is a biennial event co-sponsored by the City of Guangzhou, Metropolis (World association of Major Metropolises and UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments). The aim of the awards is to promote worldwide awareness and participation in urban innovation in order to advance the prosperity and quality of life of city citizens.

The Guangzhou Award is given to five cities. Each of the winning cities will receive a USD 20,000 cash prize, a trophy and a commemorative certificate. The technical committee of the 2016 Guangzhou Award reviewed 301 initiatives from 171 cities across 59 countries.

The winners of the 2016 Guangzhou Award were announced on December 8 in a ceremony at the International Conference on Urban Innovation in Guangzhou. 

Boston, United States of America
Youth Lead the Change: youth Participatory budgeting
This initiative aims to empower youth to participate in the decision-making process of the city. Young people between 12 and 25 years of age acquire access to the participatory policymaking by participatory budgeting. In order to engage different youth communities from the city, the project developed an extensive network of partners including community groups, schools and universities.

Copenhagen, Denmark
Climate resilient neighbourhood
The St. Kjelds initiative is a pilot project for the Copenhagen Adaptation Plan that aims to build resilience at neighbourhood level and improve urban life for citizens. The Heavy rains and of  2011 have hanged the perceptions of the city to climate change risks. In order to avoid future floods, the initiative proposed sustainable storm water management through green solutions and creating greener urban spaces.

Le Paz, Bolivia
The La Paz Zebras: citizen culture project
This initiative aims to raise public awareness on road safety at city level by actively training vulnerable youth to become “civic educators”. The key objective is to change both driver and pedestrian behaviour and to encourage both groups to obey traffic signs and rules. The outcome is changing people’s behaviour resulting in less traffic congestion and accidents, and providing youth at risk with a unique opportunity to become active and responsible citizens. The initiative tackles road safety in a friendly and comic way and provides young a meaningful role in society.

Qalyubeya Governorate, Eygpt
Integrated community based solid waste management project
Qalyubeya Governorate is part of Greater Cairo, one of the largest urban areas in Africa, with a mosaic of sub-cities where over 20 million people live. Rapid urbanization has caused an increase in informal housing areas, informal enterprises and growing. Every year, more than 21 million tons of municipal waste is generated and the city would not be able to manage this escalating volume of waste in an effective and environmentally sound manner, without the contribution of the informal waste pickers (Zabaleen), living in the cities of Khosoos and Khanka in the Qalyubeya Governorate. This initiative presents an integrated approach towards waste management issues and has a positive social, economic and environmental impact, improving the living and working conditions of 20,000 informal waste collectors and recyclers residing in this area.

Songpa-gu, South Korea
Songpa solar nanum (Sharing) power plant
This initiative presents a creative business and technology model to promote renewable energy – a public solar generation plant development that seeks to integrate issues of environmental sustainability and energy welfare. It offers an alternative to the common practice of energy subsidy.

For more information, please contact the Guangzhou Award Secretariat at:

Chen Ming (Judy)
Tel: +86 20 66289390
Fax: +86 20 66289391

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