Shanghai Award Call for Applications 2022

The year of 2022 marks the first cycle of the Shanghai Award as the establishment of the Shanghai Award was officially announced by the Executive Director of UN-Habitat at the first session of 2022 of the Executive Board of UN-Habitat on 30 March 2022. 

Cities interested in applying can sign up now (link below). The application forms and related materials will be available online soon. 

Shanghai Award 2022


  • Overall Award - Best Achievements in

    Sustainable Urban Development

  • Thematic Award - Outstanding Progress in

    Local Actions for Inclusive Urban Development


Cities and municipalities are eligible to be applicants to both the Overall – Best Achievement Award and the Thematic – Outstanding Progress Award. Each city/municipality is allowed to apply to one of the two categories.


The application can be submitted through the online application portal of this website. The applicant needs to upload an Application Letter (template), at least one Nomination / Recommendation Letter, complete the Applicatoin Forms and submit supporting materials.


The profound achievements of the city in realising the SDGs and/or the NUA on the local level, and the proven impact in the five domains of area of sustainable urban development: Society, Economy, Environment, Culture and Governance. The detailed Impact Framework aligns with the Global Urban Monitoring Framework.

The innovative approaches, methods, practices, technologies, or instruments to enable or accelerate the realisation of the SDGs and/or the NUA in (a) Policy and legislation; (b) Urban planning and design; (c) Governance; and (d) Financing mechanisms.

This can be demonstrated through in (a) long-term strategies and plans (b) clear demonstration of a ‘Leave No One Behind’ approach; (c) completed or ongoing activities to institutionalise successful practices; (d) sustainable financing and investment); (e) sustainable methods of stakeholder mobilisation and engagement.

This focuses on the extent to which the city's practices, approaches or strategies can be replicated, adopted or scaled up by cities of the same type, similar stage of development, or region in which the city is located.