Recognition for urban innovation has reached Bogota through the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Award. This prestigious accolade is granted for its public policies focused on enhancing development and on social, economic, and environmental stability in cities. This award has distinguished the Colombian capital among 274 initiatives from 193 cities in 54 countries.
Bogota’s victory was built around its Care System and the innovative ‘Care Blocks.’ The latter, a pioneering strategy in the city, has revolutionized the lives of over 480,000 women and their families in less than four years. Its care-focused approach has marked a milestone in urban policy development, positioning it as an international reference for its transformative impact.
Innovation in Action
The international jury selected Bogota as one of the five winning initiatives. To do so, they based their decision on assessing innovation, effectiveness, context, and replicability of the model. This distinction grants Bogota a financial award of $20,000, a scholarship for the International Design Education Program, and a Thought Leaders Workshop, providing a space for knowledge exchange and experiences in urban innovation and sustainable development.
Mayor Claudia Lopez’s administration has confirmed that the resources from this award will be allocated to strengthen the information system. This measure will identify one million women through the issuance of ID cards. Furthermore, it will monitor the services accessed by them and their families.
The municipal administration has highlighted effective integration for urban and territorial development achieved through policy implementation, strategies, and actions that have bolstered capacities at all levels. “This recognition highlights our ongoing commitment to innovative and sustainable practices that have left a positive impact on the community,” stated the administration.
Clearly, the award celebrates the city’s work in terms of innovation and urban policies. But not only that, it also serves as an incentive to continue progressing toward sustainable development and the constant improvement of citizens’ quality of life. This achievement underscores Bogotá’s leadership in the urban sphere and its significant contribution to the global landscape of urban innovation.