Manchester commended by United Cities & Local Governments in the 4th International Culture 21 Awards

The International Award – Mexico City – Culture 21 was created by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)  to recognise leading cities that have distinguished themselves through their contributions to culture as a dimension of sustainable development.

In this fourth edition, the award received 81 submissions from regions all over the world, which were analysed by an expert jury panel between March and May 2020. The panel looked for solid interest in issues that connect cities, identity, the future, culture and sustainability. 

The judging panel decided to make a ‘Special Mention’ of Manchester’s programme ‘Cultural Collaboration on Climate’, saying of Manchester’s efforts, “This initiative, which brings together 35 cultural organisations and festivals and is completely aligned with the ambitions of the city’s first climate change strategy, is helping build strong leadership on environmental awareness”. 

They continued, stating Manchester demonstrates, “a powerful example and benchmark for cultural collaboration and engagement on climate action”. 

The event following the awards will be held in May 2021 in Mexico City where Manchester has been invited to take part to share the city’s inspiring project and celebrate the progress of local governments on culture and sustainable development with cities across the world. 

Manchester Climate Change Agency would like to congratulate the winners ‘Network of Arts and Cultural Practices in Medellín’, submitted by the city of Medellín, Colombia and 'Ségou: A Creative City’, submitted by Ségou, Mali for their amazing achievements in this field.

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