World Mayor

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World Mayor is a biennial award organized by The City Mayors Foundation since 2004. It intends to raise the profile of mayors worldwide, as well as honour those who have served their communities well and who have contributed to the well-being of cities, nationally and internationally. The organisers make it plain that the award has no connection with any city or organization and is run on strictly non-commercial lines. Helen Zille and Leopoldo Lopez discussed their 2008 nominations on the BBC World Service programme 'Outlook', while The Guardian looked at contenders for the 2014 prize.[1] The 2018 World Mayor Project is dedicated to women mayors.[2]

The City Mayors Foundation commissions the trophy presented as the World Mayor Award. The trophy was designed by artist Manuel Ferrari and is handmade out of steel by the metalworker Kaspar Swankey.[3]

City Mayors Foundation

The City Mayors Foundation, also known as City Mayors, is an international think tank dedicated to urban affairs.[4] It has been active since 2003 and runs the biennial World Mayor award, as well as providing pro bono consultancy services. Unlike Eurocities and United Cities and Local Governments it is wholly independent of any city.[5]

Winners of the World Mayor Prize

Year Name Mayor of Reference
2004 Edi Rama Albania Tirana [6]
2005 Dora Bakoyannis Greece Athens [citation needed]
2006 John So Australia Melbourne [7]
2008 Helen Zille South Africa Cape Town [8][9][10]
2010 Marcelo Ebrard Mexico Mexico City [11]
2012 Iñaki Azkuna Spain Bilbao [12]
2014 Naheed Nenshi Canada Calgary [13]
2016 Bart Somers Belgium Mechelen [14]


  1. ^ Leach, Anna (30 December 2014). "Who will be crowned the world's best mayor for 2014?". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "World Mayor 2018: Raison d'etre". 
  3. ^ "Kaspar Swankey". Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Newing, Rod (18 May 2010). "Funding and social capital are key factors in financing regeneration". Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "City Mayors: About City Mayors". 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  6. ^ vom Hove, Tann. "Edi Rama, Mayor of Tirana elected World Mayor 2004". 
  7. ^ Australia. "John So - World Mayor 2006". Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  8. ^ "Zille wins World Mayor prize - Mail & Guardian Online". 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  9. ^ "ICLEI Africa - World Mayor Award 2008". 2008-10-14. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  10. ^ "Zille wins top world mayor award". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  11. ^ vom Hove, Tann. "The 2010 results". WorldMayor. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  12. ^ "Bilbao city´s website". 
  13. ^ "World Mayor: The 2014 winners". 
  14. ^ "World Mayor: Profile Mechelen Mayor Bart Somers". 

External links

  • Official website
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