Kampala wins global award for sustainable development

Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, has won an inaugural global award for Sustainable Development in Cities (Shanghai Award). This was announced at an event in Shanghai China, which was organized by UN Habitat together with the Chinese ministry of housing last month.

According to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), the award recognizes outstanding progress and achievements of cities and municipalities around the world in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The award was jointly established by the UN-Habitat and the Shanghai government.

“A total of 54 cities from 16 countries across the globe submitted applications for the award, representing varying levels of urban development, income, and demographics,” KCCA said in a press statement.

“Applications were assessed against the progress and achievements of cities with regard to economic vitality, urban prosperity, green urban development, urban safety and resilience, and capacity building for sustainable urban development,” KCCA added.

The four other winning cities were Salvador in Brazil, Brisbane in Australia, George Town in Penang Malaysia, and China’s southeast Fuzhou City.

The Shanghai event was graced by Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and Chinese Vice-Premier He Lifeng.

“What the award recognizes is action on the ground. Let me express our thanks to all the cities that applied for the award. Your dedication to a better quality of life for all in our cities is truly commendable,” Maimunah said.

“I would like to encourage more cities to join the Shanghai Award initiative. This is a platform to exchange your vision, experience, successes and setbacks so that we can help other cities build capacity, attract investments and find innovative pathways to achieve a sustainable urban future,” Maimunah added.

KCCA said Kampala was honoured for its forward-looking schemes on sustainable social, economic, and environmental development.

The award ceremony took place as part of the national Chinese observance of World Cities Day held in Shanghai under the global theme “Financing Sustainable Urban Future for All”.

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