Stage A nominations
Who is eligible to nominate?
Cities interested to participate should approach an independent third party (nominator) in any of the following categories to nominate them:
- Leading academics (e.g. professors in universities) or academic institutions
- Government officials (outside of the city administration)
- International organisations in the fields of urban planning, housing, transport management, urban design and architecture, energy conservation, urban policy and management, and so on
- Organisations in the public or private sectors
- Non-government organisations (NGOs)
- Leading industry experts in related fields
Self-nominations (i.e. nominations made by the city administration for their own city) are strictly not accepted.
How many nominations can a nominator make?
There is no limit to the number of nominations a nominator can make. Each nomination must be accompanied by an official nomination form (nominations closed) and recommendation letter signed by the nominator. The city must agree to be nominated and follow through the Stage B submissions.
Who can be nominated for the Prize?
The Prize is awarded to cities only. As such, a city may be nominated with the city government taking the lead in the nomination, in association with their key partner organisations (if applicable).
How do I make the nomination?
The nominator shall make the nominations using the official nomination form (nominations closed), accompanied by a recommendation letter to support why the city should win the Prize. The nominator shall ensure that the city agrees to be nominated and follows through the Stage B submission process.
How will I know if my nomination is received?
The nominator and the city will receive an automated e-mail reply to acknowledge the receipt of the nomination. The Prize Secretariat will follow up shortly on additional information and details required for the city’s Stage B submission.
Is there an entry fee for making a nomination?
No. There are no fees required for both Stage A and B.
Stage A recommendation letter
What should the recommendation letter contain?
The nominator should make a case to support why the city should win the Prize by highlighting key strategies and/or initiatives that contribute to the holistic transformation of the city over at least 10 years, in particular the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable communities within a quality built environment that incorporates the principles of sustainable development.
The following are some guiding points for the recommendation letter:
- Demonstration of good governance and leadership
- Institutionalised key processes for sustained transformation and long-term benefits
- Key agents and urban actors/stakeholders involved (e.g. governments, government agencies, consultants, communities) and their roles in the transformation of the city
- The degree of transformation observed since its implementation and the impact on the local communities
- Outstanding project(s) that contributed to the success of the transformation
Is there a word limit for the recommendation letter?
The recomendation letter should preferably be around 600 words.
Stage B submission
Who is supposed to prepare the Stage B submission?
The nominated city (i.e. city government and/or key partner organisation appointed by the city) shall prepare the Stage B submission.
What do I need to submit for Stage B?
The nominated city will be informed via email to prepare and submit a detailed report using official templates. This report comprises the following:
- Key statistics comparing the city today and 10-20 years ago
- Background of the city
- Explanation of the city’s overall master plan or strategy
- A selection of three (3) key projects covering different aspects to demonstrate the success in implementing the master plan or strategy
- Key visuals (photos, diagrams, charts, etc.)
- 2-5 reference letters written and signed by independent third parties
- Optional supporting documents such as city reports, media reports, accolades, etc.
Cities should note that this report may require some time and resources to complete. An incomplete report may render the submission invalid. For more information, please click here.
Can the city submit additional non-English materials?
The Stage B report must be completed in English. The nominated city may submit additional supporting documents in other languages, however only materials in English will be considered for evaluation.
Can the nominator for Stage A also write the reference letter for Stage B?
Yes. The Stage B reference letter is similar to the recommendation letter for Stage A.
What type of demonstration projects are eligible?
A broad range of projects is accepted, such as:
||Disaster risk management
||Transport & mobility
|Smart city initiatives
||Activities & programming
The demonstration projects should illustrate the success of the city’s overall master plan/strategy, and relate to the creation of liveable, vibrant, and sustainable urban communities, and improve the quality of life for the residents.
Do the demonstration projects need to be fully completed?
Demonstration projects can either be fully or partially completed. The completed phase(s) should sufficiently demonstrate the efficacy of the project, i.e. there should be some quantifiable or observable results. The will allow the jurors to make a fair evaluation of the project.
When will the results be announced?
The announcement of the 2020 Prize Laureate is postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please subscribe to our monthly newsletter to get our latest news in your inbox.
Who will be invited to receive the award?
The Mayor of the Laureate city will be invited to the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony & Banquet (a highlight event of the World Cities Summit, a biennial international Summit held in Singapore) to receive the award. The key city officials and partner organisations are also welcomed to participate.
Will the Prize Laureate and Special Mention(s) be sharing at a public platform?
The Prize Laureate will be invited to share their achievements at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Lecture, while the Special Mention(s) will be invited to share their urban initiatives at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Forum. Both events are key highlights of the World Cities Summit, a biennial international Summit held in Singapore.
How can I attend the Prize events at World Cities Summit?
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and global travel restrictions, World Cities Summit (WCS) 2021 will adopt a largely virtual format. From 21 to 23 June 2021, audience members will be able to dial in remotely to join our global thought leaders at the various WCS dialogues and plenaries. This is the first time that WCS will be adopting a virtual format since its inauguration in 2008, and the organisers look forward to this allowing a larger, and more international audience to join us remotely for WCS in June.
WCS will return to the in-person format from 17 to 21 April 2022, at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore, subject to prevailing COVID-19 guidelines. Similarly, the Prize events held at WCS will also be pushed back to 2022. Please check the World Cities Summit website www.worldcitiessummit.com.sg for the latest updates.
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