Call for Applications 2022 of the ‘Shanghai Global Award for Sustainable Development in Cities’ is open now

The Call for Applications for the first cycle of the Shanghai Global Award for Sustainable Development in Cities (Shanghai Award), a newly established global award led by UN-Habitat and dedicated to recognising cities’ achievements in realising SDGs, is open to cities and municipalities all around the world now!


In order to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) and the New Urban Agenda (the NUA), as well as to echo on the call of the Global Development Initiative proposed by China, UN-Habitat and the Chinese governments have co-established the ‘Shanghai Award’ to address the urgent need to foster sustainable urban development and to localise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide. 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.


After seven years since entering the 2030 Agenda, the world is faced with unprecedented challenges which threaten decades of development gains and throw progress on the SDGs off track. ‘The Sustainable Development Goals are more important now than ever.’, highlighted António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Home to 55 per cent of the world’s population, cities are a transformative force to deliver the SDGs. Standing at the beginning of the Decade of Action, UN-Habitat, in cooperation with its partners, highlights the importance of cities in realising the SDGs, and incentivises cities around the world to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs and the NUA.


The Shanghai Award primarily focus on recognising the outstanding progress and achievements of cities around the world, especially the cities in developing countries, in sustainable urban development and realising the SDGs.


Cities and municipalities interested in Shanghai Award can sign up on this website now. The Application Forms and other related materials will be available on the website soon. We welcome all eligible cities and municipalities around the world to apply to first cycle of the Shanghai Award.