The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award) is an award system dedicated to city-to-city cooperation and the sharing of lessons learned from experience. It just recently completed its fourth cycle (2018) where cities and regions submitting initiatives to the Award were asked how their respective initiatives were contributing to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Of the 300 submissions received in 2018, 45 were selected as deserving initiatives, 15 were shortlisted as outstanding initiatives and 5 won the Award.
The side event will focus on the following:
(a) What were some of the salient trends and issues emerging from the analysis of the 45 initiatives;
(b) A deep dive into four case studies from four different countries in the Asia Pacific region will be presented illustrating how local authorities are implementing the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda. The case studies represent very different social, economic and environmental contexts as well as cities of different sizes. The case studies have all qualified as finalists for the Guangzhou Award for Urban Innovation.
The format is that of an interactive and fully moderated event. After a few introductory words by the co-organisers of the event, representatives of four cities will have a chance to explain not just WHAT they did or achieved, but more importantly HOW. The representatives of the four cities will be joined by two experts representing different stakeholders to form a panel for discussion, Q&A and debate.
China & Spain