Global Mayors’ Forum & 2018 Urban Innovation Conference and the 4th Edition of Guangzhou Award Opens

GUANGZHOU, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On December 7, 2018, the Global Mayors’ Forum 2018 Urban Innovation
Conference and the 4th Edition of Guangzhou Award kicked off in
Guangzhou. More than 700 guests and representatives from 105 cities and
local governments in 39 countries attended the opening ceremony and Wen
Guohui, mayor of Guangzhou, chaired the opening ceremony.

He Wei, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative
Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said in his speech that, in the
face of such problems as unbalanced, inadequate and uncoordinated
development, we need to achieve transformation and development through
our reform and opening-up, promote joint development through mutual
exchanges and cooperation, and facilitate the building of a community of
human destiny through a mechanism based on extensive consultation, joint
construction and shared benefits.

In her video remarks, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, United
Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat,
said that UN-Habitat strongly advocates making cities safe, inclusive,
resilient and sustainable and believed that the Global Mayors’ Forum
would encourage in-depth dialogue among cities.

Ma Xingrui, Governor of Guangdong, said that Guangdong would participate
more actively in the exchanges and cooperation of global urban
governance innovation, and work together with the counterparts to
discuss good governance practices, build cooperation platforms and share
development achievements.

Song Jingwu, Vice President of the Chinese People’s Association for
Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), said that the Global Mayors’
Forum is established with the purpose of further implementing the United
Nations’ SDGs and the New Urban Agenda, and encouraging cities worldwide
to participate in global governance and to contribute insights to a more
fair, sound and balanced global governance mechanism.

Emilia Saiz, UCLG Secretary-General, and Rudi Vervoort, Representative
of the World Association of Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS), Minister
President of Brussels Capital Region, Belgium, addressed the opening
ceremony and expressed their hopes for cities around the world to have
more mutual exchanges and cooperation and share experiences in urban
governance.

The theme of the forum is titled Global Openness and Inclusive
Innovation. Five cities are awarded as the winning cities of the 4th
Edition of Guangzhou Award: Milan of Italy, Guadalajara of Mexico, Wuhan
of China, Mezitili of Turkey and New York City of the United States.
Surabaya of Indonesia received the largest number of votes to win the
Online Popular City. The Guangzhou Declaration at the Global Mayors’
Forum is also released.

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