UEA City Award

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Purpose and Background

  • Based on the Urban Environmental Accords signed in 2005, and following the spirit of UEA delegations announced in previous UEA Summits, UEA Secretariat was established to make its member cities recognize themselves as essential parts of global sustainability.
  • UEA provides its member cities with opportunities to share their efforts toward sustainable development by monitoring and reporting their performances in climate change response.
  • Cities performances related to sustainable development can be shown by contributions from various stakeholders and through integrative approach.
  • By operating UEA City Award(tentative), UEA Secretariat encourages its member cities to voluntarily establish institutions, policies, and regulations. build urban knowledge infrastructure in the environmental sector.
  • By applying to UEA City Award, UEA member cities can help contribute to meet their reduction targets at local, national, and further international levels.
  • With its regard, UEA Secretariat award winners in accordance with the 'Urban Environmental Evaluation Index'. This Award will help UEA Secretariat disseminate its efforts to climate change response around the globe.


Period : in every two years since 2017
Host/Organizer : ​UEA, Gwangju Metropolitan Cities, etc.
Winners : 12 cities (4 winners in 3 sectors)
Award : certificate, trophy, prize


This Award can be operated in conjunction with the UEA Summit, therefore it can help UEA gather UEA member cities into the UEA Summit and improve their membership.
This Award is based on the 'Urban Environmental Evaluation Index' co-developed with UNEP to monitor and assess voluntary environmental performances in various sectors that has been conducted by candidate cities.
  • - Green Governance : This sector is a fundamental requirements for candidate cities. A survey will be conducted to evaluate performances by identifying awareness of green governance from stakeholders in the city.
  • - Environment Evaluation : Following steps will be made to evaluate performances (progress report, best practices, etc.) : measurement, evaluation, report, and verification.
  • - Best Practice (Outstanding Projects) : In line with UN's Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), cities' efforts toward sustainable development in environmental, social, economic fields are evaluated.
  • - A system for measurement, evaluation, report and verification for cities' performances needs to be established in GPD Program.
Performances implemented by candidate cities will be utilized to develop global agenda and carry out related projects.

Steps to take

  • 2015 : Announce UEA City Award during 2015 UEA Iloilo Summit
  • 1st half of 2016 : Build a server for data construction
  • 2nd half of 2016 : Collect required data
  • 2016~2017 : Organize assessment committee (judges) and prepare for required administrative steps.
  • 2017 : Host the 1st UEA City Award in conjunction with UEA Summit.(The Award and the Summit will be co-organized after that.)