The City of Your Choice
273 submissions from 193 cities and local governments of 66 countries and regions were received for the 2018 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. The Technical Committee, consisted of 11 experts from across the world, convened in Surabaya, Indonesia from September 8-12 and selected the shortlist of 15 cities.
The Global Mayors' Forum & 2018 Urban Innovation Conference and the 4th Edition of Guangzhou Award will be held in Guangzhou from December 6-8. During the event, the Jury will meet and decide on the 5 winners.
Besides, the Organizing Committee will recognize, from the 15 shortlisted cities, one city for its popularity with the public. And you are the one that makes the choice!

For each IP address, you can vote once every hour. For each vote, you are supposed to choose 3 cities. 

Deadline: 15:00, Dec. 7, 2018 (UTC+8). 

  • Yiwu, China
    Yiwu, China
    Details Innovating Foreign Service Initiatives to Build a Harmonious and Integrated Yiwu
      The City of Yiwu (population: 2.2 million; population density: 2024 people per square km)...
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    Number of votes:16611
    Ranking:1
    Yiwu, China
    Yiwu, China
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    Innovating Foreign Service Initiatives to Build a Harmonious and Integrated Yiwu
      The City of Yiwu (population: 2.2 million; population density: 2024 people per square km) in China is a major wholesale consumer goods and e-commerce centre in the country and the world. It is ranked as the world’s largest wholesale market of consumer goods, exporting to over 200 countries. Every year, about 500,000 business people from overseas visit Yiwu while over 13,000 of them reside in Yiwu. Against the growing number of international people in the city, Yiwu has since 2016 implemented a suite of inclusive and innovative strategies to promote inclusion and sense of belonging including among overseas business people.
      The strategies cover a wide range, from business to culture including the development of a 1st in China mediation of foreign-related business disputes by foreigners for foreigners, a 1-stop service for all international trade examination and approval transactions, an international family programme to strengthen communication and community building between local and foreign residents, and the issue of a foreign merchant card to help foreigners access public services that are provided to local Chinese, among others. The vision is to create a good business and living environment for both local and foreign residents, in particular, to promote mutual understanding and a better sense of integration. Yiwu has taken the bold measure of improving the living environment for foreigners as the yardstick to measure its improvement in living environment for all residents. 
      The Technical Committee commends Yiwu on its forward-looking and all-inclusive approach towards integrating its diverse international community. In addressing the needs and living environment of the growing international population, Yiwu is highlighting what might be done towards achieving SDGs 10 and 16 while promoting economic prosperity in a rapidly globalizing society.

  • Wuhan, China
    Wuhan, China
    Details The "Rebirth" of Urban Waste Dump – Ecological Treatment and Return of Plurality
      Wuhan has a population of 10,890,000, a land area of 8,569 sq. km., and a population ...
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    Number of votes:15594
    Ranking:2
    Wuhan, China
    Wuhan, China
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    The "Rebirth" of Urban Waste Dump – Ecological Treatment and Return of Plurality
      Wuhan has a population of 10,890,000, a land area of 8,569 sq. km., and a population density of 78,787/sq. km. This innovation transforms one of the largest landfills in Asia, Jinkou Landfill in Wuhan, to be the most charming recreational park and ecological garden.
      The restoration of Jinkou Landfill and the polluted Zhanggong Dyke solved the ecological and urban problem that have troubled Wuhan for decades. It created a 50.5 km long ecological belt, covering an area of over 170 sq. km. It reduces pollution and links up the once polluted Zhanggong Dyke to provide an urban forest park for pedestrians and bicyclists. Part of the site was used for the China International Garden Expo in 2015-2016. This project has made the 14 adjacent communities and the lives of 400,000 people more livable, closing inequalities in the city. The project involves government departments as well as experts from 82 cities in China and 12 countries. This is the largest application of aerobiotic technology for landfill remediation and the biggest ecological bridge in China. It also uses an innovative way of crowd sourcing in raising funds in addition to the traditional way of funding the project. It reduces inequalities and promotes social cohesion of nearby citizens by drastically improving their living environment. People has been mobilized to participate in the project.
      The Technical Committee was impressed by the scale and impacts of the project and the innovative ways of implementing it. Other cities can learn from this project on how to turn and link polluted landfills and waterways into parks and pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes, turning “gray belt” into “green belt” for improving the quality of life the city. 
      This initiative encompasses SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation; SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries; and SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  • Mezitli, Turkey
    Mezitli, Turkey
    Details Mezitli Women Producers Market
      Mezitli Metropolitan Municipality is a fast-growing city in Mersin region of Turkey. It has a population of 187,536 and a 2.87% annual...

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    Number of votes:11626
    Ranking:3
    Mezitli, Turkey
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    Mezitli Women Producers Market
      Mezitli Metropolitan Municipality is a fast-growing city in Mersin region of Turkey. It has a population of 187,536 and a 2.87% annual growth. Since 2014, Mezitli has been implementing a women’s empowerment initiative that is anchored in a women’s only market. The municipality has experienced rapid population growth due to internal migration as well as an influx of people from neighbouring Syria. This led to the need for economic projects as well as an inclusive approach to mitigate poverty as well as potential conflict. In this context, improving women’s access to economic opportunities was identified as a priority. 
      Traditionally, women in the region have tended to be economically dependent on male relatives and husbands. This leads to lack of confidence and inability to make many life choices independently. Options for productive activities are often limited by lack of capital as well as an administrative environment that discourages women.
      The women’s only market is free (no fees) which makes entry easy for women. A wide range of products is sold, including farm produce from neighbouring rural areas as well as traditional handicrafts. Having a women’s only market brings into one space women from different ethnic, educational and socio-economic backgrounds. This promotes exchange and mutual support that build women’s confidence. The market is also used to organize women, educate them on production and marketing practice as well as inform them of their rights and encourage them to participate in public life.
      Since the initial model market started in 2014, seven more markets have been opened and the intention is to eventually have a women’s only market in each of the 40 sub-districts of Mezitli. The municipality is also working on forming a women producers’ cooperative that will be in charge of organizing the market. 
      This initiative is selected for its multi-pronged approach to gender equality and social inclusion. By providing a dedicated space for women to take part in economic activities outside the home, the initiative has raised women’s, and families’ economic status, empowered women to participate in public life and enhanced social cohesion. 
      This initiative responds to SDG Goals 5 (Gender Equality) and 8 (support positive economic and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

  • Kazan, Russia
    Kazan, Russia
    Details Innovative Social and Economic Development of the City of Kazan
      The city of Kazan has a population of approximately 1,200,000 and is the sixth ...
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    Number of votes:9021
    Ranking:4
    Kazan, Russia
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    Innovative Social and Economic Development of the City of Kazan
      The city of Kazan has a population of approximately 1,200,000 and is the sixth most populous city in Russia. 
      Kazan is addressing critical challenges of social and economic development through three progressive, innovative and pro-active initiatives.
      The “Embracing Diversity” initiative celebrates Kazan’s multi-cultural and multi-ethnic cultural heritage. As a central hub connecting these diverse communities, “The House of Friendship of Nations” not only provides offices, libraries, conferences and concert facilities, but has also developed an internet portal bringing together the multitude of diverse associations throughout the city and region. The initiative ensures co-existence and tolerance to achieve peace and harmony, civil identity of minorities, and effective integration of migrants. 
      The “Environmental Development” initiative ensures universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible green parks and gardens.
      The “Healthy City” initiative provides pathways to healthy food for children and builds healthy lifestyles by increasing citizen’s exposure to sports culture, builds sports facilities, and modernizes healthcare facilities. 
      The Technical Committee recognizes and commends these evolutionary initiatives which underpin social and economic development by harmonizing diverse populations, providing a sustainable environment and building a strong citizen base.
      The initiative corresponds to SDG Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages: Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all; Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions for all.

  • Santa Fe, Argentina
    Santa Fe, Argentina
    Details Santa Fe’s Western Urban Natural Reserve: Embracing the Hydroclimatics Risks
      The Argentine city of Santa Fe, population 400,000, developed an innovative approach to...
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    Number of votes:7965
    Ranking:5
    Santa Fe, Argentina
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    Santa Fe’s Western Urban Natural Reserve: Embracing the Hydroclimatics Risks
      The Argentine city of Santa Fe, population 400,000, developed an innovative approach to planning and risk management as a response to a devastating flood in 2015. A community led program to massive flooding evolved into the Western Urban Natural Reserve project. Its objective is to transform 142 hectares of reservoirs into a protected natural area that is also incorporated into a system of green public spaces. It directly benefits more than 80,000 residents. It promotes environmental education and awareness and the improvement of quality of life. Also, it promotes economic and social development through labor training activities, the incorporation of informal waste collectors, the creation of community orchards and the construction of nurseries. The initiative is innovative because it integrates education, poverty reduction, social inclusion with water, land and natural resources management. The environmental dimension is foregrounded as the key driver for risk management processes and the socio-economic improvement of the community.
      The TC recommends this project for consideration to the Guangzhou Award because of its comprehensive approach considering green space, watershed management, and the role of ecological systems in lieu of hard infrastructure in the formation of an urban space and the mitigation of risk. The TC also commends the city for its citizen engagement in the design and advancement of the initiative.
      This initiative is highly relevant to SDGs 11 and 15

  • Salvador, Brazil
    Salvador, Brazil
    Details - Environmental Recovery Program of the Canabrava Park
    - Caravana da Mata Atlantica
      The Brazilian city of Salvador...
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    Number of votes:7964
    Ranking:6
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    - Environmental Recovery Program of the Canabrava Park
    - Caravana da Mata Atlantica
      The Brazilian city of Salvador, population 3 million, presents two linked projects that address environmental protection, remediation, reforestation, and education. It is advanced by the SECIS Sustainable City and Innovation Secretary to address the vulnerable situation of one of the most sensitive biodiversity locations in the world currently threatened by growing urbanization. In order to reverse this scenario, the “Caravana da Mata Atlantica” (a mobile classroom) was created with the purpose of encouraging greater awareness of the importance of preserving green spaces and environmental preservation. It is a wholistic and comprehensive environmental protection project, that engages youth and targets traditionally marginalized and at-risk communities most affected by deforestation. A specialized team of the SECIS develops and implements projects such as tree planting activities, together with the community. Other components of the project are the use of sludge as fertilizer in the reforestation process, and the conversion of a landfill into a public park.
      The TC recognizes value in the initiative because of its engagement with different partners including universities, and elementary schools. It shows a capacity to be collaborative and flexible in order to advance the project′s higher goals. It demonstrates the ability to readdress harmful urban development through a comprehensive campaign of reforestation and the promotion of public space. 
      This initiative is highly relative to SDGs 11 and 15

  • Milan, Italy
    Milan, Italy
    Details Milan Food Policy: An Innovative Framework for Making Urban Food System More Sustainable, Inclusive
      Located in northern Italy, Milan is the second most populous city in the country...
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    Number of votes:7964
    Ranking:6
    Milan, Italy
    Milan, Italy
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    Milan Food Policy: An Innovative Framework for Making Urban Food System More Sustainable, Inclusive
      Located in northern Italy, Milan is the second most populous city in the country after Rome with a population of approximately 1,300,000 and population density of 7533 people per square kilometre. The city’s primary sources of prosperity include trade, tourism, and the creative industry.
      Milan’s submission, “Milan Food Policy,” is an innovative planning strategy integrating and implementing a “Food Cycle System” throughout the city. Also importantly, the initiative is strongly linking to social goals of improving health and well-being of citizens. To date, the policy has generated more than 40 initiatives have been developed related to reuse, recycling waste food and reducing food miles. The policy initiative additionally cooperates with other international organizations, including EUROCITIES Working Group Food, the EU Platform for Food Losses and Food Waste and the C40 Food System Network.
      A key innovation in the “Milan Food Policy” initiative is a new model of urban governance which is based on an integrated cross-sectoral approach between public agencies, social organizations, and the private sector.
      The Technical Committee recognizes the issue presented as innovative for the Italian and European context. They appreciate the efforts in scaling the project through a holistic and integrated approach while stimulating local awareness, building public-private partnerships, and aligning municipal policies to SDG indicators.
      The project facilitates the exchange of knowledge through community, local organization and international partners. The project emphasizes SDG Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture and Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  • Utrecht, Netherlands
    Utrecht, Netherlands
    Details Localizing the SDGs through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships
      The City of Utrecht, Netherlands, with a population of approximately 345,000, is the ...
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    Number of votes:7964
    Ranking:6
    Utrecht, Netherlands
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    Localizing the SDGs through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships
      The City of Utrecht, Netherlands, with a population of approximately 345,000, is the capital and most populous city in the province, and the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. Its ancient city centre features buildings and structures dating back to the High Middle Ages.
      Utrecht is using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for local development to become a “Global Goals City”. The city is activating and cooperating with local stakeholders and connecting local initiatives and expertise with international developments. 
      In essence, Utrecht is localizing SDG indicators to measure and track its own public and private development performance. An integrated, interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach will ensure that healthy citizens live in a healthy environment and work in a healthy economy. The effort is hinged on raising local awareness, stimulating SDG-based local strategies, facilitating the exchange of knowledge, building public-private partnerships, and aligning municipal policies to SDG indicators.
      The Technical Committee applauds the Utrecht’s effort and an all-encompassing framework for sustained action and the health of citizens, a prosperous future and effective urban management.
      Utrecht’s initiative most strongly aligns with Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages and Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  • Sydney, Australia
    Sydney, Australia
    Details Green Square: From a Rich Industrial Past to a Vibrant, Sustainable and Connected Community
      Sydney is Australia’s largest city with a population of 5 million people, while the municipality of ...
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    Number of votes:7963
    Ranking:7
    Sydney, Australia
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    Green Square: From a Rich Industrial Past to a Vibrant, Sustainable and Connected Community
      Sydney is Australia’s largest city with a population of 5 million people, while the municipality of the City of Sydney has a resident population of 233,217 over an area of approximately 30 square kilometers.
      Green Square will be Australia’s largest urban renewal project to date, to be supported by participating public and non-public stakeholders and aims to be the most livable, resilient, lively, walkable, accessible, sustainable and unique area of the city for the benefit of its estimated 61,000 residents. It will host a socially and economically thriving town-centre, markets, festivals and world-class sporting and community facilities. It is supported by sustainable mobility infrastructure; a transit-oriented, high density development aiming to minimize its environmental footprint. Public policy and government funding for the project is committed and the private finance, legal, technical and logistical infrastructure strategy is well advanced, as is the monitoring and evaluation methodology to assess the project’s performance against a range of social, economic, urban and environmental indicators that aim to show that high density living can be compatible with high health and well-being outcomes for residents. Utilizing value-capture and public-private partnership approach, its economic sustainability is well supported and will transform the unused, flood-prone, swamp and other disused land while remaining proximate to a broader economic area and aims to produce 21,000 employment opportunities and Australia’s largest storm water harvesting and treatment scheme.
      The Technical Committee were impressed by the holistic approach to innovation, scale and transferability to the project and notes that the successful implementation of the project will deliver outcomes consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 6, and 11.
  • Santa Ana, Costa Rica
    Santa Ana, Costa Rica
    Details Santa Ana en Cleta: Active Mobility and Empowerment of Women
      The San Jose (Costa Rica) suburb of Santa Ana, population 57,000, has been...
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    Number of votes:7963
    Ranking:7
    Santa Ana, Costa Rica
    Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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      The San Jose (Costa Rica) suburb of Santa Ana, population 57,000, has been shortlisted for its program, Santa Ana en Cleta, a project dedicated to the empowerment of Santa Ana's local population by teaching women how to ride a bike and how to use it as a means of transport. The initiative is considered a step towards the development of the “Active and Sustainable Mobility” program for the city of Santa Ana. The mobility program combines three specific areas: the empowerment of women, sustainable mobility and the strengthening of communities. The overall objective is to transform the mobility and road culture of the city of Santa Ana. The first stage of the project is focused on ways to encourage women, in particular within vulnerable communities, to use the bicycle as a means for personal and economic development. The project also seeks to improve the quality of the urban environment, citizen well-being, health indicators, the recovery of public spaces, as well as and the right to use the city. 
      The TC recommends the project for the Guangzhou Award for its focus on the promotion of alternative modes of transportation for women and the emancipatory potential of increased bicycle use. The program has a commendable educational program that not only links mobility to personal development, but also demonstrates ways that women can turn the bicycle into an accessible and dignified mode of daily transportation. Half of the world could benefit from this approach to women′s mobility and inclusion.
      This initiative is highly relative to SDGs 5 and 11
  • eThekwini (Durban), South Africa
    eThekwini (Durban), South Africa
    Details - Incremental, Participatory, Programmatic Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme 
    - Partnerships with the Private Sector to Achieve Sustainable Sanitation Service Provision...
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    Number of votes:7963
    Ranking:7
    eThekwini (Durban), South Africa
    eThekwini (Durban), South Africa
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    - Incremental, Participatory, Programmatic Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme 
    - Partnerships with the Private Sector to Achieve Sustainable Sanitation Service Provision
      eThekwini is a South African city of about 3,900,000 people with growth rate of 1.4% and population density of 1,523 people per square kilometer over an area of 2,556 square kilometer. It has comparative strength in industry, trade, tourism, creative industry, finance, manufacturing and transportation. 
      More than 220, 000 households in eThekwini live in informal settlements characterized by overcrowding; disasters including fires and floods; poor access to basic services including water, sanitation, electricity and emergency access. In response to these challenges, eThekwini Municipality, is implementing two ambitious initiatives, informal settlement upgrading and partnerships with the private sector to achieving sanitation solutions. 
      The upgrading programme is a solution incorporating social and economic opportunities that transform settlements into truly livable and sustainable neighbourhoods. With focus on urban infrastructure upgrading and job creation opportunities, the initiative will benefit 70,000 households within 6 years. The in-situ settlements upgrading initiative conforms proportionally to the Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) as it will enable residents to access social amenities like education and health services and contributes to social cohesion, spatial justice and urban integration.
      The partnership program with private sector to achieving sanitation solution is a vibrant approach that is exploring often neglected critical parts of sanitation value chain in Africa, disposal, recycle and reuse. It focuses on improving the health indicators of the residents through safe sanitation practice, reduce annual budget of the municipal on sanitation, increase private sector’s participation and earnings, and increase the capacity of the relevant government’s institution on the concept of sanitation marketing. The design and implementation approach is a concrete fulfillment of Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

  • New York, United States
    New York, United States
    Details Global Vision I Urban Action: New York City’s Voluntary Local Review (VLR) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Shows Local Progress for Global Action...
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    Number of votes:7963
    Ranking:7
    New York, United States
    New York, United States
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    Global Vision I Urban Action: New York City’s Voluntary Local Review (VLR) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Shows Local Progress for Global Action 
      New York City is the most populous and most densely populated city in the United States with an estimated population of 8.6 million distributed over a land area of about 784 square kilometers. A global power city, NYC exerts significant impact upon commerce, research, education, and politics. It is the headquarters of the United Nations, making it an important center for international diplomacy. 
      Taking bold, cross-cutting action at the local and global level, NYC, through Global Vision l Urban Action, is now the first city in the world to report directly to the United Nations on local progress in achieving the SDGs.
      The Sustainable Development Goals are the common international roadmap for the transition to sustainable development. Multi-stakeholder mobilization is key to the success of the SDGs and cities are at the frontline of implementation. 
      Although some cities do report on local implementation of the SDGs as part of a national framework, the United States has thus far not submitted a Voluntary Local Review (VLR). 
      The VLR was artfully adapted from OneNYC, the city’s sustainable development strategy. By tapping into existing NYC efforts, the VLR is avoiding what could have been seen as an unnecessary on local agencies. 
      The TC has awarded high marks to this proposal for providing an important, cross-cutting and innovative mechanism and a tool to engage with other cities and stakeholders to demonstrate the critical role that cities play in achieving the SDGs. 
      This proposal most strongly correlates with Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe resilient and sustainable and Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

  • Repentigny, Canada
    Repentigny, Canada
    Details A City for All
      Repentigny is an off-island suburb of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. With a population of approximately 84,000, it is the home of many cultural festivities ...
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    Number of votes:7962
    Ranking:8
    Repentigny, Canada
    Repentigny, Canada
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    A City for All
      Repentigny is an off-island suburb of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. With a population of approximately 84,000, it is the home of many cultural festivities. 
      “A City for All” is a refreshing and exciting three-initiative proposal wrapped under one banner: 
      ?The Citizens and Families initiative connects citizens and municipal staff with information quickly and effectively, a key characteristic of a smart city. 
      ?The Youth initiative focuses on a multimedia lab housed in the city’s library, providing access to digital technologies focusing on creativity and expression. More than 18,000 teenagers using the facility since its opening. 
      ?The Vulnerable People initiative provides assistance to citizens by telephone or the web linking to a wide range of social and community resources. To date, the data have shown that 30% of requests for assistance were in relation with basic needs: food, shelter and material assistance, and 67% of the vulnerable persons were women. 
      Importantly, these initiatives are generating insights and data that will be used for future planning and development policies and goals. 
      The TC applauds the City of Repentigny, Canada for its broad vision and demonstrated actions to develop an inclusive city at a human scale and to enable innovation and creativity. 
      This proposal most strongly correlates with Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe resilient and sustainable, Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all and Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

  • Surabaya, Indonesia
    Surabaya, Indonesia
    Details Public Participatory in 3R Waste Management for Better Surabaya
      Surabaya is Indonesia’s second largest city and the capital of East Java Province...
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    Number of votes:7962
    Ranking:8
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    Surabaya, Indonesia
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    Public Participatory in 3R Waste Management for Better Surabaya
      Surabaya is Indonesia’s second largest city and the capital of East Java Province with a population of 3.3 million and a population density close to 10,000 people per square kilometer. Against a background of increasing waste and the degradation of social, human health and environmental outcomes, the innovations contained within the participatory 3R waste management impressed the Technical Committee. 
      Firstly, the breadth and depth of community engagement striving towards the program becoming a social movement was esteemed. 
      Secondly, the strong commitment to adopting international best-practice and technology in creating an economically sustainable waste management, monitoring and reporting system was also observed.  
      Finally, the Committee were also impressed by areas of uncommon innovation, for example: the ability of residents to pay for their transit needs in empty plastic bottles, was lauded. It is hoped that the ongoing change process will eventually disincentivize the use of plastic bottles as the program-movement develops in the future but recognized 3R’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, 7 and 11.
  • Guadalajara, Mexico
    Guadalajara, Mexico
    Details Citizen-Led Metropolitan Coordination of Guadalajara
      The Mexican State of Jalisco and the 9 municipalities comprising the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, population 4.5 million, decided to take ...
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    Number of votes:7962
    Ranking:8
    Guadalajara, Mexico
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    Citizen-Led Metropolitan Coordination of Guadalajara
      The Mexican State of Jalisco and the 9 municipalities comprising the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, population 4.5 million, decided to take a metropolitan approach to planning in lieu of the traditional scheme of fragmented planning and governance by individual municipalities. This planning reform was formalized into an institute called IMEPLAN (Metropolitan Institute of Planning), the first one of its kind for Mexico, and a rare example across Latin America. The central idea of IMEPLAN is to engage its citizens, experts and municipalities into participatory planning process at the metropolitan scale through collaborative roundtables, workshops and an educational curriculum. The activities encourage all stakeholders into to imagine, innovate and plan at a metropolitan scale. It is focused on reducing the negative impacts of unplanned urban development. Part of the initiative’s merits was that it overcame traditional political forces that undermine metropolitan governance. The collaborative approach to envisioning IMEPLAN resulted in the participation of 9 municipalities and the passage of legislation that established the metropolitan body. 
      The TC recommends the project for the Guangzhou Award as a rare example of a community-lead creation of a metropolitan authority charged with the planning and coordination of the city region. Even though the initiative is relatively new, it has gained traction in a short period of time with a strong focus on controlling sprawl. 
      This initiative is highly relevant to SDGs 11 and 12

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