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Six leading sustainable cities nominated to the Globe Sustainable City Award 2010

Pressmeddelande   •   Mar 29, 2010 10:24 CEST

STOCKHOLM, March 29, 2010 − Six cities, all world leaders in sustainable development, are nominated for the Globe Sustainable City Award 2010. The Sustainable City Award − one of four categories of the Globe Award − is given to a municipality successfully contributing to increasing knowledge on sustainability. The winner will be given the prestigious award on April 29th, at a gala dinner at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Globe Award 2010 is presented for the fourth consecutive year. The aim is to discover and encourage researchers, innovators, cities and companies which distinguish in sustainable development. Globe Award’s mission is to highlight and acknowledge particular cases and initiatives within the sustainability area. 

The nominated cities are:

  • Curitiba, Brazil  
  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Murcia, Spain
  • Songpa, South Korea 
  • Stargard Szczecinski, Poland (Winner of Globe Award 2009 Polish edition)
  • Sydney, Australia

The jury consists of highly experienced and internationally recognized experts. Chairman of the jury group for the Sustainable City Award is Jan Sturesson, World Economic Forum in the global agenda council "future of Government", Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers and Global Leader of Government and Public Service in Sweden. 

“The selection process of most sustainable city has for the jury been a fantastic moment with unexpected good and professional applications from cities all around the globe. Sustainable development 2.0 with a fresh, innovative and holistic approach is definitely here to stay for the benefits of future citizens”, says jury group Chairman Jan Sturesson. 

The jury has evaluated the cities looking at a holistic perspective on sustainable development. Different kinds of resources and capitals have been taken into account, such as:

  • Environmental Capital - Natural Resources Preservation
  • Social Capital - Well being and Social Relations
  • Human and Intellectual Capital - Innovation and Social Intelligence
  • Technical and Infrastructure Capital - Transportation and ICT
  • Culture and Leisure Capital - Experience
  • Political Capital - Confidence and Public Trust
  • Financial Capital - Assets and Financial Management  

The winner will be announced on the 7th of April.

For more information please contact:

Lars-Olle Larsson, Chairman of the Globe Award jury, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sweden
Mobile: +46-70 929 39 83, e-mail:

Martina Nee, Manager Globe Award, Globe Forum, Stockholm, Sweden
Mobile: +46-73 317 53 55, e-mail:

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Information about the nominated cities: 

Curitiba, Brazil: Municipal Master Plan indicates reorganization of the urban territory, considering drainage basins as basic planning units, Institutional strengthening, seeking the development of transversality in planning and environmental management processes as well as changes in production and consumption standards, reducing costs and waste.

Malmö, Sweden: the city built its reputation around a heavy industrial core with large-scale manufacturing facilities in its Western Harbour (WH) which has become an urbanised district focused on energy and environment, mixed-use urban planning and architectural diversification integrated within the larger city centre.

Murcia, Spain:
the comprehensive plan; Sustainable Strategy, started with the introduction of sustainability criteria in the new urban developments, such as the demand of solar thermal facilities in the new homes for hot sanitary water demand and the demand of cycling line in the urban developments. Sustainable Strategy includes many distinguishing initiatives, such as Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan and other urban projects to improve the level of sustainability in many areas in the city.

Songpa, South Korea:
 Song Pa presents an eco-friendly urban development project for the new millennium to execute a green and sustainable city construction. Waterway Songpa aims to restore the natural environment in the city that has been damaged due to accelerated development; it is a solution for ecological restoration, promotion of diverse life forms, and adaptation to climate changes.

Stargard Szczecinski, Poland:
the comprehensive project of revitalizing the former airfield area, shows the significance of sustainable approach to municipal projects, strategic planning, devising long term investment plans. Currently the airfield revitalization project is the object of study visits, which is the reason for pride among all involved.

Sydney, Australia: the initiative Sustainable Sydney 2030 looks holistically at the city – its environment, economic, social and cultural life, its physical form and its future needs. The Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision is for a Green, Global, and Connected City.

The Jury:

Jan Sturesson – World Economic Forum in the global agenda council "future of Government", Partner in PwC and Global Leader of Government and Public Service, Sweden.

Lawrence Bloom – Deputy Chairman of Noble Cities Plc., Former Chair and Current Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Urban Management, Chairman of the UN Environmental Programme, Green Economy Initiative, sector on Green Cities, Buildings and Transport. and the UK Chair of the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organisation.

Marilyn Hamilton – PhD, CGA is the founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and TDG Global Learning Connections, Canada.

C. S. Kiang – professor, Chairman of Peking University Environment Fund, China.

Carlos Arruda – PhD, Chairman of the Unicon, Director of the International Relations and coordinator of the Innovation Central Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), Brazil.



Globe Award was founded in 2007 in Sweden by the international business network and marketplace Globe Forum. Globe Award 2010 is acknowledging prominent researchers, innovators, cities and companies – from all parts of the world – within four categories Sustainability Research Award, Sustainability Innovation Award, Sustainable City Award and the Sustainability Reporting Award;,