Guangzhou International Award For Urban Innovation

A partnership between Metropolis, UCLG, and the Guangzhou Municipal Government, the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation aims to recognize innovation in improving social, economic and environmental sustainability in cities and regions and, in so doing, to advance the prosperity and life quality of their citizens. The Award is presented biennially and encourages innovation in public policy, projects, business models and practices.




The rapid urbanisation, social equity and critical environmental consequences in cities are the biggest challenges for urban communities around the world. These urban challenges cannot be resolved in isolation and through traditional methods of planning, governance and management. Innovation needs to be embedded in every aspect of governance, planning and management of mega cities and metropolitan areas. Metropolis’ current strategic objectives are aligned with the Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), which put special emphasis on the role of networks of local and regional governments in promoting exchanges of knowledge and collaboration among cities and metropolitan spaces worldwide, towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation



The 4th Guangzhou Award is receiving applications and is encouraging entries from those cities that are improving infrastructure and public services, and putting into place participatory planning and good governance, partnerships, technology, resilience, social inclusion and gender equality.

5 winning cities will receive a USD 20,000 cash prize, a trophy and a commemorative certificate designed for the award. The winners of the Guangzhou Award are also invited to attend special events including the Guangzhou International Conference on Urban Innovation, an exhibition and the award ceremony. Besides the five awards, the Organising Committee of the Guangzhou Award also intends to recognise one of the short-listed initiatives for its popularity with the public.


How to submit the projects?

·      Rules and procedures

·      Guidelines

·      Registration


For more information on the Award and how to submit an initiative download the brochure visit the official website:

For any inquiry, please contact the Guangzhou Award Secretariat:

Tel: +86-20-8735-0999

Fax: +86-20-8735-3488  


Guangzhou Institue for Urban Innovation

The Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation was established in 2012 under the framework of the Guangzhou Award.

The Institute’s mission is to forge a first class international think tank on urban innovation. The Institute is a network of experts and organisations dedicated to furthering innovation concepts, tools and methodologies offering intellectual support for global urban innovation.

The think tank benefits from the invaluable input of research and academic institutions, professional associations, community-based organisations, industry leaders and individual experts.

The Guangzhou Institute also operates the International Urban Innovation Database which serves as a knowledge bank of peer reviewed initiatives in urban innovation and analytical case studies and reports. This database provides material, references and evidence whereby inspiration can be gained in urban innovation.

The Institute also acts as a capacity building and dialogue platform for opening up a “green channel” of international exchanges.

For more information regarding the work of the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation and the Urban Innovation Database please visit: