The World Mayor Project was conceived in 2004 to raise the profile of mayors worldwide and honour those who have served their communities well. They have carried out their duties for the benefit of all citizens, irrespective of race, gender, religion, politics or legal status

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• Raison d'être
• World Mayor history
• World Mayor Prize
• Code of Ethics

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World Mayor

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2018 World Mayor Prize and Honours
to promote women in local government

The 2018 World Mayor Project is dedicated to women in local government. It features the achievements of women mayors from across the world and will honour the best of them. The all-women long- and shortlists will include mayors from towns and cities of all sizes who serve with integrity, determination and imagination. The 2018 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be conferred on women mayors who have made outstanding and long-lasting contributions to their communities.

Women have fought prejudice and struggled for equal rights and opportunities for hundreds of years. They did it with courage and resolve. In the 20th and early 21st centuries, women have achieved success in many spheres previously reserved to or monopolised by men, but their contributions are still often undervalued and their potential not recognised enough. Only some 20 per cent of the world’s mayors are women.

We believe more women should consider a career in local government and be encouraged to stand for elected office. By devoting the 2018 World Mayor Project to female mayors, we aim to show the outstanding contributions they make to their towns and cities. We also aim to demonstrate that local government offers young women a promising and worthwhile career.

Nominations can be submitted until the publication of the 2018 shortlist in the summer.
Please nominate exceptional women mayors
for the 2018 World Mayor Prize and Honours

World Mayor 2018 is looking for
women mayors with qualities such as:

Competence in managing the day-to-day affairs of their cities
Acumen of financial, business and economic affairs
Honesty and integrity in decision-making
Repugnance for using the office of mayor for self-enrichment
Fairness in dealing with the varied needs and concerns of citizens
Ability and ambition to be a mayor for all citizens, irrespective of their cultural, racial or social backgrounds and political beliefs
Passion for fostering tolerance and amity among different communities
• Belief in working together with other cities, nationally and internationally
Vision for a city that provides future generations of citizens with prosperity, safety and happiness
Conviction that protecting and enhancing the environment is not optional but an absolute must
Caring for disadvantaged groups of citizens
Agreement to the City Mayors’ Code of Ethics
Please nominate exceptional women mayors

Code of Ethics
for city leaders

The City Mayors Foundation and the World Mayor Project were established in 2003 to promote, encourage and facilitate good local government. To strengthen local government further, a Code of Ethics for city leaders, who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach, has been devised. MORE

World Mayor Prize sculpture
shows courage and conviction

City Mayors commissioned French artist Manuel Ferrari to design a sculpture that was as unique as the city of the winning mayor. City Mayors' senior fellow, Tann vom Hove, said: “We asked Manuel Ferrari to produce a design that shows what an inspirational mayor can achieve if he builds on strong foundations.”

“I wanted to create a design that also showed courage and conviction,” Manuel Ferrari explained. “I decided on cubes as building blocks which, at first glance, are stacked precariously on top of each other. Closer inspection, however, reveals firm interlocking and construction around an invisible but strong spine.” He said that his design reflected his own experience of living and working in an urban environment. “Many of the world’s most successful cities are prospering because their different communities, often with their own cultures, are united around civic goals,” Manuel Ferrari concluded. MORE

Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen, Belgium
awarded the 2016 World Mayor Prize

World Mayor Commendations for the Mayors of
Lahr (Germany) and Athens (Greece)

Bart Somers, the Mayor of Mechelen, Belgium, has been awarded the 2016 World Mayor Prize. World Mayor Commendations are being conferred to Wolfgang G Müller, Mayor of Lahr, Germany and Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Greece.

The 2016 World Mayor Project honours mayors and their communities that have welcomed refugees and offered them safety, shelter and support. Many of the mayors included in the top-ten honours list have developed and invested in longterm strategies as well as day-to-day measures to successfully integrate newcomers from different countries and cultures. They have also addressed local residents’ fears of and reservations about the arrival of people who speak foreign languages, observe their own customs and practise different religions. MORE

The 2016 World Mayor Honours List
Bart Somers Mayor of Mechelen Belgium
Wolfgang G Müller Mayor of Lahr Germany
Georgios Kaminis Mayor of Athens Greece
Giusi Nicolini Mayor of Lampedusa Italy
Richard Arnold Mayor of Schwäbisch Gmünd Germany
Mirjam van 't Veld Mayor of Amstelveen Netherlands
Spiros Galinos Mayor of Lesbos Greece
Pavel Adamowicz Mayor of Gdansk Poland
Damien Carême Mayor of Grande-Synthe France
Henriette Reker Mayor of Cologne Germany

Mayors of Mechelen, Lahr and Athens
presented with World Mayor honours

Following the announcement of the 2016 World Mayor Honours list on 14 February, the Mayors of Mechelen (Bart Somers), Lahr (Wolfgang G Müller) and Athens (Georgios Kaminis) were presented with the World Mayor Prize and Commendations.

Winners of the World Mayor Prize since 2004: Edi Rama, Tirana; Dora Bakoyannis, Athens; John So, Melbourne; Helen Zille, Cape Town; Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico City; Iñaki Azkuna, Bilbao; Naheed Nenshi, Calgary; Bart Somers, Mechelen

Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen, Belgium

Wolfgang G Müller, Mayor of Lahr, Germany

Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Greece

Guisi Nicolini, Mayor of Lampedusa, Italy

Richard Arnold, Mayor of Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

Mirjam van 't Veld, Mayor of Amstelveen, Netherlands

Spiros Galinos, Mayor of Lesboc, Greece

Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk, Poland

Damien Carême, Mayor of Grande-Synthe, France

Henriette Reker, Mayor of Cologne, Germany