Ivo Gönner, Mayor of Ulm, Germany, was awarded 8th place in World Mayor 2010

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Comments in support of
Ivo Gönner
Mayor of Ulm, (Germany)

The finalists for the 2010 World Mayor Prize were chosen on the number of nominations received and, more importantly, on the persuasiveness and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish a representative selection of comments received about Ivo Gönner, Mayor of Ulm, Germany.

Comment: Mayor Ivo Gönner is very close to the people of his City Ulm and he represents the cities in Germany very well against the Federal Government in Berlin. He really takes good care of the interests of the cities all over Germany especially in matters concerning sufficient finanziel means concerning all the things communes have to deal with in every day life. (By Eberhard B)

Comment: Mr Ivo Gönner is very dynamic person who serve fully to the development and cooperation between towns within Danube Region. (By Milan R)

Comment: Ivo Gönner is the highest regarded mayor in southern Germany. He has worked tirelessly for his city, attracting modern industries, looking after the less well off and helping immigrants to regard Ulm as their new home (Heimatstadt). The mayor has also represented the interest of cities vis a vis the regional and federal governments and indeed on the international stage, (By Heinz v D)

Comment: He is a brilliant mayor caring not only for people in Ulm, but also for cities throughout Germany. (By Alex G)

Comment: The tragic end of the Love Parade in Duisburg has shown that an outstanding mayor must not get carried away with a dream but has the ability to judge the pros and cons of a project from all angles. Ivo Gönner has proved during his many years of mayor of Ulm that he has what it takes to be among the best mayors in the world. (By Heinz S T)

Comment: Bürgernah, mutig, unabhängig! (By Jörg S)

Comment: Ivo Gönner is a specialist to recognize and to communicate the problems and the solutions of our country - the changes in our demographical structure and the actual financial situation. And he names these subjects whereever he can - and most of the people trust in him. (By Dr Dorothee S)

Comment: Er ist ein idealer Kommunalpolitiker.Sein großes Wissen in der Kommunalpolitik bringt er mit sehr viel Charm und Humor an die Bürgerinnen und Bürger. (By Lorenz W)

Comment: Helped to keep traditional industries with their employment possibities in his city beside new high tech companies coming with the university (By V B)

Comment: Er ist der beste Bürgermeister, den man sich vorstellen kann. (By Wolfgang K)

Comment: As the mayor of Ulm he makes sure, the city remains a social town for all citizens. His creativity and consequence in following his priorities are influencing the whole region. Ivo Gönner is a guide in my political engagement. (By Angela G)

Comment: Ivo Gönner has done many things for the city of Ulm and represented the interests of other German cities. (By JF)

Comment: He is a supporter of lay judges (By Hasso L)

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The City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank on urban affairs, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. Mayors wishing to be considered for the Prize are asked to sign up to the City Mayors Code of Ethics.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. Winners receive the World Mayor Prize, while the first and second runners-up receive the World Mayor Commendation.

Winners and runners-up
2004 to 2010:

In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City}; In third place - Walter Veltroni (Rome)
In 2005: Winner – Dora Bakoyannis (Athens); Runner-up - Hazel McCallion (Mississauga); In third place - Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City)
In 2006: Winner – John So (Melbourne); Runner up – Job Cohen (Amsterdam); In third place - Stephen Reed (Harrisburg)
In 2008: Winner – Helen Zille (Cape Town); Runner up - Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich); In third place - Leopoldo López (Chacao)
In 2010: Winner - Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City); First runner-up - Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City); Second runner-up - Domenico Lucano (Riace)