The year 2018 begins with the launch of the 4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award), a platform for the sharing and exchange of successful innovative practices. The Guangzhou Award supports the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA), contributing to the creation of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements.

We would like to invite you to join us if your city or region is putting in place any initiatives under the themes highlighted by the SDGs (especially SDG 11) and NUA. For NUA, special focus is being placed on urban planning and design, financing urban development, as well as access to affordable housing, infrastructure, and services.

We want the world to learn from your experience in implementing the global agendas. Please share your wisdom with us!

Brief Introduction

The Guangzhou Award is co-sponsored by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis), and City of Guangzhou. The award aims to recognize innovation in improving social, economic and environmental sustainability in cities and regions and, in so doing, to advance the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens.


Each winning city will be granted $ 20,000 cash prize, a trophy and a commemorative certificate. The Organizing Committee of the Guangzhou Award will also recognize one of the shortlisted initiatives for its popularity among the general public.


The Guangzhou Award is open to all cities and regions worldwide, including members of UCLG, Metropolis, and ICLEI.


  • August 31, 2018

    Submission deadline

  • September-October, 2018

    Evaluation by Technical Committee

  • October, 2018

    Release of shortlist (additional supporting materials may be requested from shortlisted cities)

  • December, 2018

    Final assessment by Jury, award ceremony, and Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Conference

Submission Process

Submissions shall be made online and in accordance with the criteria and rules stipulated in the Rules and Procedures as well as Submission Guidelines of the 4th Guangzhou Award. For a large integrated initiative, please consider submitting up to three initiatives under the same title.

For any inquiry, please contact the Guangzhou Award Secretariat
Tel: +86 20 8735 0999
Fax: +86 20 8735 3488

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