In this century, metropolitan areas, rather than nation states, will shape the world’s social, cultural, technological and economic agendas. This process will lead to increased competition for human, intellectual and material resources but will also force cities to co-operate with and learn from one another.
The City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank dedicated to urban affairs, consists of professionals working together in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa to promote strong and prosperous cities as well as good local government. Established in 2003, City Mayors encourages city leaders from across the world to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-standing urban challenges such as governance, society, housing, transport, education and employment. City Mayors also debates ways to meet the latest environmental, technological, social and security challenges, which affect the well-being of citizens.
TheCity Mayors Foundation has no association with any city or organisation and is run on strictly non-commercial, non-profit lines. Sponsorships, advertising, subscriptions, donations or any other kind of revenue are NOT sought and will be rejected, if offered. Aims Cities and their people are essential drivers of all economies. The City Mayors Foundation works for a harmonious and fruitful relationship between cities and their economies. City Mayors also analyses the new challenges of urban governance, including migration pressures, community integration, disaster management and resilience against terrorism.
Successful cities require strong and resourceful leaders and well-resourced administrations, reflecting the communities they serve. City Mayors backs demands to give local governments, who cooperate with one another, increased power and authority as well as additional resources. The City Mayors Foundation strongly campaigns against any kind of corruption in local government.
Ethics City Mayors has instituted a Code of Ethics for city leaders who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach.
Publishing & pro bono services The City Mayors Foundation maintains the City Mayors website, organises the bi-annual World Mayor Project and provides pro bono consultancy services.
The Foundation advises on issues such as: • Governance • Finance • Economic development • Environment • Planning • Citizen empowerment • Education • Marketing During the past 12 months, the City Mayors internet platform has increased its traffic to more than 4.5 million unique visitors. City Mayors, together with its World Mayor Project, has established itself as the leading independent and non-commercial internet publisher dealing with all aspects of urban affairs.
World Mayor The City Mayors Foundation awards The World Mayor Prize every two years to a mayor who has made outstanding contributions to his and her community and has developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world. The World Mayor Project has its own dedicated website http://www.worldmayor.com.