The World Mayor Project
The World Mayor Project was established in 2004 to discover, portray and honour exceptional mayors from all parts of the world. The Project has never been about finding the ‘best mayor’ in the world. It would indeed be ludicrous to attempt to do so. Mayors of megacities and those of small towns, mayors of affluent cities and those leading struggling communities, mayors of places at peace and those in war-torn regions require very different mindsets and qualities. Some city leaders can plan for the future with confidence while others struggle to provide basic amenities and safety for their citizens.
However, despite all the different challenges, mayors who aim to selflessly serve their communities must do so beyond reproach. They must possess a genuine love for their fellow citizens and a willingness to share resources and expertise with less fortunate localities. Above all, they must respect the human rights of everyone.
In 1958, former American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: “Where do human rights begin? In small places, close to home, so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of individual people - the communities they live in, the factories, farms or offices where they work. Such are the places, towns and cities where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, and equal dignity without discrimination.” DETAILS
World Mayor since 2004
The City Mayors Foundation has given The World Mayor Prize and Awards since 2004. Every two years, the World Mayor Project features some of the world’s most outstanding mayors, mayors who have served their fellow citizens with integrity, courage and imagination. Since 2016, the World Mayor Project has addressed some of the big issues of our time: The refugee crisis (2016); The underrepresentation of women in local government (2018); Cities during Covid (2021) and, in 2023, the strengthening of local democracy and human rights as well as the promotion of friendship between cities at a time when thousands of people are killed in senseless conflicts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DETAILS
Code of Ethics for city leaders
The City Mayors Foundation and the World Mayor Project were established in 2004 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 established. DETAILS
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' founding fellow, Tann vom Hove, said: “We asked Manuel Ferrari to produce a design that shows what an inspirational mayor can achieve if they build on strong foundations.” The World Mayor Prize has been sculpted by Berlin-based sculptor Kaspar Swankey since 2004. DETAILS
World Mayor winners 2023
Mayor of Graz | Mayor of Dover | Mayor of Greifswald | Mayor of Queliomone |
World Mayor essays
Essays by: Mayor of Dover | Mayor of Graz | Bürgermeisterin von Graz | Mayor of Greifswald |Oberbürgermeister von Greifswald | Mayor of Oliveri | Sindaco di Oliveri | Mayor of Quelimane | Mayor of Utrecht | Burgemeester van Utrecht |
World Mayor interviews
With: Elke Kahr, Mayor of Graz and Tony Keats, Mayor of Dover
World Mayor commendations
Commendations for mayors of: Braga | Bristol | Dover | Graz | Greifswald | Kyiv | Malmö | Oliveri | Quelimane | Tremblay-en-France | Utrecht |
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