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27 July 2023

Fifteen ICLEI Member Mayors shortlisted for 2023 World Mayor Prize


Fifteen of the 26 leaders shortlisted for the 2023 World Mayor Prize and Awards hail from ICLEI Member cities and towns. This year, the prize will be awarded to mayors who have promoted cooperation between towns and cities at home and across borders.

Whether it is for a small town with only 700 residents or a bustling metropolis with over 15 million inhabitants, residents have until October to send their votes or support for the 2023 World Mayor Prize and Awards. This year’s theme is to honor mayors who have fostered friendship, partnership, and cooperation among towns and cities, both locally and internationally. While votes are considered in the competition judgment, the contest also values support statements. This levels the playing field for communities of all sizes.

This year, 15 leaders from ICLEI Members local governments are shortlisted for the award. Here is the list of nominees (in alphabetical order of cities):

Ricardo Rio, Mayor since 2013
Braga, Portugal, Population 193,333

Marvin Rees, Mayor since 2016
Bristol, UK, Population 471,200

Dario Nardella, Mayor since 2014
Florence, Italy, Population 366,687

Elke Kahr, Mayor since 2021
Graz, Austria, Population 300,052

Ekrem Imamoglu, Mayor since 2019
Istanbul, Turkey, Population 15,907,951

Quinton Lucas, Mayor since 2019
Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Population 508,090

Kizo Hisamoto, Mayor since 2013
Kobe, Japan, Population 1,525,152

Burkhard Jung, Mayor since 2006
Leipzig, Germany, Population 616.093

Lydie Polfer, Mayor since 2013
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Population 132,778

Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor since 2013
Malmö, Sweden, Population 357,377

Johanna Rolland, Mayor since 2014
Nantes, France, Population 320,732

Manuel De Araújo, Mayor since 2011
Quelimane, Mozambique, Population 349,842

Claudio Castro, Mayor since 2016
Renca, Chile, Population 133,518

Miguel Treviño de Hoyos, Mayor since 2018
San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, Population 132,128

Sharon Dijksma, Mayor since 2020
Utrecht, Netherlands, Population 368,024

Since 2004 the City Mayors Foundation, an international nonprofit research think tank focused on urban affairs, has been organizing the World Mayor Prize and Awards. The event acknowledges leaders who have made remarkable contributions to their communities.

You can learn more about the competition here.

*Population data was sourced from the most recent censuses and the official websites of each local government.


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