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UN launches ‘Shanghai Award’ to recognize and promote urban sustainable development

As the world enters “the Decade of Action” on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals United Nations entities across the globe are joining forces to find solutions to the world’s biggest challenges poverty, gender equality, and climate action.

Together with the Chinese government, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has set up the “Shanghai Global Award for Sustainable Development in Cities” to boost urban sustainable development across the globe.

Zhou Pingjian, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya and Permanent Representative to UN-Habitat said the award is part of a larger effort to not only accelerate the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but also promote the implementation of China-proposed Global Development Initiative (GDI).

Chinese ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian

“The establishment of the “Shanghai Award” will enhance the international community’s attention to the field of sustainable urban development, strengthen exchanges and sharing among cities, deepen multilateral cooperation, and lead the world’s cities to work together to better implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and global development initiatives”, Zhou said.

Zhou added that China attaches great importance to urban development and is ready to take advantage of the Shanghai Award as a bond to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with UN-Habitat and all UN member states in the field of urban development.

The award, initiated by UN-Habitat, China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Shanghai Municipal Government will be selected once a year, with a comprehensive award to reward cities with outstanding overall performance in urban sustainable development. There will also be several theme awards to reward cities that have made outstanding progress in a certain aspect of urban sustainable development.

The first Shanghai Award will be inaugurated at World Cities Day in Shanghai on October 31, 2022.


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