The 5th cycle of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

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A Message from the Guangzhou Award Secretariat

2020 marks the beginning of the 5th cycle of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award). As always, we encourage cities and local governments around the world to share their innovative practices in supporting the local implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.

Unfortunately, the beginning of the year saw the whole world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Too many lives are being lost and public health is at risk. An unprecedented number of cities, regions and communities have been affected, economically, socially, culturally and psychologically as a result of prolonged physical distancing and lock-downs.

Many cities and regions have expressed their keen interest in joining the 5th cycle. But the COVID-19 crisis has made their application difficult and the submission deadline easily missed. Further to their requests, the Guangzhou Award Organizing Committee has decided to adjust the deadlines as follows:

  • Early bird submission deadline extended to: 23:59:59 (UTC+08:00), 30th September 2020;
  • Final submission deadline extended to: 23:59:59 (UTC+08:00), 31st October 2020.

There is no doubt that the pandemic has also exposed and highlighted challenges in achieving the SDGs, especially Goal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10. What COVID-19 has brought to the fore is that we neglect primary health care, basic infrastructure and services, decent housing and decent work at our own peril. Never before has a singular event revealed the weaknesses and failures of these systems and their governance.

Cities and regions are most welcome to share their initiatives in responding to the pandemic. We are all too aware of the delicate balance between containment and mitigation, and the transition from emergency response and mitigation to recovery.

Applications are also welcome with forward looking post COVID-19 initiatives regarding how cities and regions are rethinking of their local governance mechanisms, reconsideration of the urban morphology and typology, addressing of the problems exposed, and improving the resilience of urban economy.

We look forward to your receiving and sharing your initiatives for a more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable living place for all.  

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The Secretariat will remain at your disposal should you have any queries.