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Medellin wins Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016

The City of Medellín, Colombia, has been conferred the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016 for its remarkable transformation over the past two decades.
Through bold leadership, long-term plans and social innovation, Medellín’s leaders have tackled its most pressing issues and improved the economy as well as its citizens’ employability and quality of life. 
The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a biennial international award that honours outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world. The Prize is awarded to cities and recognises their key leaders and organisations for displaying foresight, good governance and innovation in tackling the many urban challenges faced, to bring about social, economic and environmental benefits in a holistic way to their communities.
The 2016 LKY Prize Laureate will be honored at the upcoming World Cities Summit (WCS) 2016 in Singapore, 10th – 14th July 2016. The biennial summit is the exclusive and premier platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Under the theme “Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities of Opportunity” the 5th edition of the biennial Summit will be held in Singapore from 10 – 14 July 2016.


IFHP’s Involvement in the selection of the winner

IFHP President Flemming Borreskov is a member of the LKY Prize Council and was thus involved in selecting Medellin as the winning city. Next to this, four cities have also been selected for Special Mention to facilitate greater sharing of urban practices with cities around the world. They are: Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia), Toronto (Canada) and Vienna (Austria). 
IFHP witnessed the transformation in Medellin when we were present at the World Urban Forum in 2014, which was held in Medellin at the time. We are very impressed by the cities achievements and would like to extend our congratulations to all those involved in making in a better city to live in. 
More Information: 
  • To read the article about IFHP’s strategic partnership with the World Cities summit, you can click here
  • Read the article Medellin wins World City Prize on the website of our media partner Cities Today. 
  • For more information about the prize, click here