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Thursday, October 01 2020 - 00:39
Guangzhou Award Invites Cities to Take Joint Action to Address Global Problems
GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

On 15 September 2020, the 75th session of the UN General Assembly was opened. 
World leaders called for efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 
(SDGs), a shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful 
world. As the year 2020 marks the beginning of the Decade of Action to deliver 
the goals and targets of Agenda 2030, the effective implementation of the 17 
SDGs remains critical to making the multilateral system relevant in addressing 
the global challenges that face the human race.
The Opening Ceremony of the 4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban 

Since 2015, the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (abbreviated 
as the "Guangzhou Award" hereinafter) has been focusing on innovative 
approaches taken by local and regional governments to accomplish the SDGs, meet 
the commitments of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and advance prosperity and 
quality of life of their citizens. This biennial Award is currently in its 
fifth edition in 2020.

The Guangzhou Award, co-sponsored by United Cities and Local Governments 
(UCLG), World Association of Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS) and the city of 
Guangzhou recognizes innovation in improving social, economic and environmental 
sustainability in cities and regions. Its purpose is to promote peer-learning 
and exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience through conferences, 
seminars, workshops, study tours and city-to-city cooperation. Since 2012, four 
cycles of the Guangzhou Award have been successfully held. With over 1,000 
initiatives submitted, engaging more than 480 cities and local governments from 
over 90 countries and regions, these four cycles have made the Guangzhou Award 
a treasure trove covering a wide range of areas, including infrastructure and 
public services, participatory planning and good governance, partnerships, 
technology, resilience, social inclusion and gender equality. 

The Guangzhou Award invites cities and regions to submit ongoing or recently 
completed innovative initiatives related to the themes highlighted by the SDGs 
and the commitments of NUA. This year, applications are also welcome with 
forward-looking post COVID-19 initiatives regarding how cities and regions are 
rethinking their local governance mechanisms, reconsidering the urban 
morphology and typology, addressing the problems exposed, and improving the 
resilience of urban economy. 15 shortlisted cities and 30 deserving cities will 
be featured in specialized publications and many will be invited to share their 
experiences in international events. Moreover, 5 winners among the shortlisted 
cities will be granted US$ 20,000, a trophy and a commemorative certificate; 
shortlisted cities other than the winners will be granted Medals of Honour.

Applications are now open until 23:59:59 31 October 2020 (UTC+08:00). 
Participants are encouraged to apply at before the deadline. 
More information on the Guangzhou Award can be accessed on the official 

Contact: Tel: +86-20-8950-4852, Email: 

SOURCE: The Guangzhou Award Secretariat

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   Caption: The Opening Ceremony of the 4th Guangzhou International Award for 
Urban Innovation