Universal qualities
required of mayors

In 2023, the City Mayors Foundation will award the World Mayor Friendship Prize to a mayor and city that have made outstanding contributions to friendship, partnership and cooperation between towns and cities at home and across borders.

Cities acting on their own can be beacons of excellence. But when cities work together, learn from each other, share resources, exchange ideas and, above all, encourage their citizens to meet and form friendships, they can truly become a force for good. In all parts of the world, many towns and cities, irrespective of their size, have developed unique solutions to meet social, economic and environmental challenges. Often, these solutions are worth sharing.

At a time of strife, conflict and war between nations, cities, when joining forces, can become peacemakers. The 2023 World Mayor Project will feature mayors who promote peace and prosperity through friendship between cities.

By awarding the Friendship Prize, the 2023 World Mayor Project also aims to encourage acts of generosity and kindness towards less fortunate towns and cities, including towards those affected by conflicts and natural disasters. The 2023 Project will honour mayors from wealthy cities who share resources and expertise with poorer and left-behind communities in their own countries or overseas.

We invite individuals and organisations to take part in World Mayor 2023.

Universal qualities
required of mayors

• Competence in managing the day-to-day affairs of their communities

• 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

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The City Mayors Foundation
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Tel: +44 20 8439 7978
The World Mayor Project was conceived in 2004 by the City Mayors Foundation to raise the profile of mayors worldwide and honour those who have contributed exceptionally to local and urban affairs. Mayors must carry out their duties selflessly and beyond reproach. The Project has no association with any city or organisation and is run on philanthropic lines. Any kind of revenue is NOT sought and will be rejected if offered. DETAILS

Winners of the World Mayor Prize since 2004: Edi Rama, Tirana (2004); Dora Bakoyannis, Athens (2005); John So, Melbourne (2006); Helen Zille, Cape Town (2008); Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico City (2010); Iñaki Azkuna, Bilbao (2012); Naheed Nenshi, Calgary (2014); Bart Somers, Mechelen (2016); Valeria Mancinelli, Ancona (2018); Ahmed Aboutaleb, Rotterdam (2021); Philippe Rio, Grigny (2021); Elke Kahr, Graz (2023) DETAILS