About the Guangzhou Award

The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award) is co-sponsored by the City of Guangzhou, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis). The aim of the Guangzhou Award is to recognize innovation in improving social, economic, and environmental sustainability and good urban governance in cities and regions and, in doing so, to advance the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens. So far five cycles have been held, attracting over 1,300 initiatives worldwide. It has become a global platform for city-to-city learning and the documentation, dissemination, and analysis of the local implementation of global agendas including SDGs and New Urban Agenda (NUA).

The 6th Guangzhou Award is now calling for participation from all cities and local governments around the world with ongoing or recently completed initiatives, including those that are implemented in collaboration with private and civil society partners. The thematic areas include but are not limited to the followings: social inclusion and shared prosperity, environmental protection and resilience, public services and infrastructure, urban heritage and cultural preservation, smart cities and technology governance.By advocating exchanges and mutual learning, we hope to bring together the urban synergy for sustainable development. Please click here , to learn more about the detailed guidelines and follow the updates on our official website

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  • February, 2023
    Open for Submissions
  • July 31, 2023
    Early-Bird Submission Deadline
    * Cities submitting their applications before the early bird deadline have
    the opportunity to receive feedback and advice on how to improve their submissions.
  • August 31, 2023
    Final Submission Deadline
  • September, 2023
    Evaluation by the Technical Committee
    Release of the 15 Short-listed Cities and 30 Deserving Cities
    *Additional material may be required from short-listed cities
  • October, 2023
    International Seminar on Learning from Urban Innovation
    Final Assessment by Jury
  • November, 2023
    Online Vote: The City of Your Choice
  • December, 2023
    Guangzhou, China

    Award Ceremony

    Global Mayors’ Forum


In order to further explore the value of the urban innovation initiatives and provide reference for facilitating local implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Guangzhou Award Secretariat has carried out cooperation on urban innovation research with renowned institutions and experts around the world. As a result, a series of research reports have been completed and released in recent years, including the Guangzhou Award Urban Innovation Assessment Methodology Report(Draft Zero), Learning from the 5th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation, and the Local Implementation of the New Urban Agenda 2022. These reports show Guangzhou Award’s efforts in promoting knowledge sharing, the determination and vision in advocating global urban sustainable development and inclusive innovation.

  More Research

Guangzhou Award Urban Innovation Database

The International Database on Urban Innovation contains all the original materials of over 1300 initiatives submitted to the Guangzhou Award in the past ten years. Shortlisted initiatives of each cycle of the Award have been selected into the Urban Best Practices Database of the UN-Habitat. In 2022, the database has been comprehensively upgraded to further promote exchanges and mutual learnings among cities and local governments around the world, and thus provide reference for sustainable global urban development.

Contact Us

Secretariat of Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

Tel:(020) 3780 4434

Address: Rm 1609, FuLiXinTianDi, No.307 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 501600, PRC