It has been a general consensus among cities and local governments worldwide that innovation leads a city towards development and helps to create a better life for its citizens. Urban innovation in an all-round manner can help a city in its attempts to address challenges arising in such fields as social-economic development, environmental protection and urban governance.
In accordance with the resolution of the Executive Bureau Meeting of UCLG held in Rabat, Morocco and with wide support from UCLG World Secretariat, and the World Association of the Major Metropolises – METROPOLIS; the city of Guangzhou proposed the establishment of the UCLG Community on Urban Innovation within the framework of UCLG. On 19th June 2014, at its Executive Bureau meeting in Liverpool, UCLG Executive Bureau approved the establishment of the UCLG community on Urban Innovation.
By taking advantage of the membership network, the Community can mobilize member cities and other representative partners -- international organizations, professional associations, research institutions and MNCs working on urban innovation with influence—to organize activities including urban innovation seminars, field research and high-level international training programs. With a close reference to the Guangzhou Award initiatives, these activities will inspire cities worldwide to exchange achievements on urban innovation and learn from each other.
We encourage our members to join this community and take advantage of its future activities, so as to share your successful practice on urban innovation with cities around the world!.