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2018: Seoul

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“Many ask me: How did Seoul do it? My answer: The citizens did it. The citizens are the energy”.
- Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul

Seoul is recognised as the role model for megacities with a will to change. With a leadership that listens to its citizen and devises innovative problem-solving methods, the city has successfully turned itself around from a highly bureaucratic top-down city into an inclusive city.

Through rigorous engagement, the Seoul Metropolitan Government formulated strategies that help the city achieve impactful and effective results, and in turn win over more citizens, and align their aspirations with the city’s vision.

Learn more about the Seoul Master Plan 2030 under the leadership of Mayor Park here.

2016: Medellín, Colombia

Medellín, Colombia

The city of Medellín, Colombia has been awarded the Lee Kuan Yew World City prize. The city has transformed itself from a notoriously violent city to one that is being held up as a model for urban innovation within a span of just two decades. Today, Medellín is a city that celebrates life – resolute in its commitment to create a more just, more human, freer and happier home for its inhabitants. Read more

Medellín, Colombia

2014: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

Suzhou, Jiangsu Province is awarded the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for its remarkable transformation over the past two decades. The significance of its transformation lies in the city’s success in meeting the multiple challenges of achieving economic growth in order to create jobs and a better standard of living for its people; balancing rapid urban growth with the need to protect its cultural and built heritage; and coping with a large influx of migrant workers while maintaining social stability.
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Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

 

2012: City of New York

The City of New York was awarded the 2012 Prize for its remarkable transformation to a greener and more liveable city over the last decade. The city has defined a bold, sustainable vision for its future to bring about a marked increase in the quality of life. City of New York

Chairman of the Prize Nominating Committee, Kishore Mahbubani said: "The City of New York is an inspiring story of urban rejuvenation.

With bold vision, strong leadership, sheer determination, and excellent partnership between government and citizens, there is now a new sense of direction in the city. It has regained its perch as one of the most exciting cities in the world." Read more.

2010: Bilbao City Hall

Bilbao City Hall
Bilbao City Hall was named the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate in recognition of its integrated a holistic approach in urban transformation. Bilbao City Hall has demonstrated that urban regeneration can be a powerful social and economic driver to catalyse change, strengthen the urban fabric, inject vibrancy and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

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