Guangzhou Mayor Chen Jianhua met with Josep Roig, secretary-general of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) on the morning of July 18. They had a pleasant conversation to share their respective experience in promoting urban innovation.
Mayor Chen said that all cities have similarities and differences in governance, and that by competing for the Guangzhou Awards for Urban Innovation, cities can share their innovation experience with one another and make Guangzhou a learning platform.
Mr. Roig expressed his appreciation for Guangzhou's initiative in setting up a professional committee for urban innovation, saying that the committee will help spread the winning cases for the Guangzhou Awards around the world and promote mutual learning between the cities.
Application for the second Guangzhou Awards will close on July 31, and the awards will be presented in Guangzhou from November 27 to November 29. To date, 176 cities, provinces and districts in 57 countries and regions have submitted a record number of 247 projects for consideration for awards. At the meeting of the UCLG Executive Board in June, Guangzhou's proposal to set up a professional committee for urban innovation received an enthusiastic response and was unanimously adopted. The committee will host seminars on urban innovation, conduct field surveys, and provide international training programs, thus providing members with a platform for exchanging experience in urban innovation.