The Global Award for Sustainable Development in Cities (Shanghai Award) is a global initiative led by UN-Habitat and Shanghai Municipality. Specifically targeting cities, the award is dedicated to recognising the outstanding progress and achievements of cities and municipalities around the world in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda as well as the New Urban Agenda.
This newly built and pioneer global award aims to see the progress, strategy and action of cities in its own context with a holistic approach. An independent International Jury will assess the applications and make recommendations for the winners. UN-Habitat will confirm the list of winning cities based on the recommendations and reports submitted by the International Jury.
The first cycle of the award will be granted to no more than five cities, and special awards will be granted as appropriate. An award ceremony will be held at the major international platform and winners of the first cycle will be presented with a certificate, a plaque, and trophy. Winning cities will have the opportunity to share their best practices and achievements in sustainable urban development, and be invited to attend important international events such as the World Urban Forum and the and the Observance of World Cities Day.
Cities and municipalities around the world are eligible to apply. Member States and other UN agencies, organisations and institutions that have consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) or that have been specially invited by UN-Habitat are invited to nominate cities and municipalities.
Call for Applications is now open. The application form and related materials are available on the website.