Upcoming Event: Release of the 6th Guangzhou Award Shortlisted Cities and International Symposium on Urban Innovation

2023-09-08 10:49:45

Today, when global development faces multiple challenges, realizing sustainable development goals requires cities and local governments to work together, promote each other, respond to opportunities and challenges, and create better human settlements.

The global initiative collection of the 6th Guangzhou Award was officially launched in February, 2023, welcoming urban innovation initiatives from global cities and local governments. The 6th Guangzhou Awards Preliminary Evaluation Result Press Conference will take place on September 14. During the conference, 15 shortlisted cities and 30 deserving cities will be selected by the Technical committee (TC) composed of experts and scholars from all over the world. The shortlisted cities will participate in the competition for the five Guangzhou Award winners.

On September 14, Release of the 6th Guangzhou Award Shortlisted Cities will announce the 15 shortlisted cities and hold International Symposium on Urban Innovation at the same time, inviting experts in innovation at home and aboard to discuss how innovation can lead the high-quality urban development and speed the local implementation of global agendas, including SDGs and New Urban Agenda (NUA).

Date: 14 September, 2023

Time: 16:00-18:00 (GMT+8)

Venue: Online & Offline (Guangzhou)


PART I: Release of the 6th Guangzhou Award Shortlisted Cities

  • Welcoming remarks by representative of Guangzhou municipal government
  • Welcoming remarks by Ms. Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG (online)
  • Welcoming remarks by Mr. Jordi Vaquer, Secretary General of the Metropolis (online)
  • Overview of the Technical Committee Meeting by Chair of the Technical Committee and release and presentation of 15 shortlisted cities of the 6th Guangzhou Award

PART II: International Symposium: High-quality Development and Urban Innovation

  • Keynote speeches by experts in the field of national urban innovation
  • Round-table discussion
  • Q&A 

Online Participation

The Release of the 6th Guangzhou Award Shortlisted Cities will be broadcast live on Zoom conference platform. If you need to attend online, please scan the QR code below to register.

ZOOM link: 


Conference number: 817 3414 2866

Password: 936243



-City of Guangzhou

-United Cities and Local Governments

-World Association of the Major Metropolises

with the support of:

-Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government

-Metropolis Regional Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific

-UCLG Professional Committee for Urban Innovation

-Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation 

-Southern Finance Omnimedia Corp.