‘Bold ideas’ wanted for 2021 Global Mayors challenge

A global competition to identify and accelerate ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic was launched last month.

The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, “will address the most significant challenges to emerge during the pandemic, including:

  • economic recovery and inclusive growth;
  • health and well-being;
  • climate and environment; and
  • good governance and equality.

The organisation’s founder, Michael Bloomberg, said: “Across the globe, mayors are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic … and they are finding creative new ways to deliver services while also rebuilding their economies in ways that tackle climate change and fight inequality”.

The winners of the “50 Champion Cities” category will gain access to world-renowned experts in innovation and dedicated funding to test and refine their ideas most innovative solutions transforming cities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fifteen “Grand Prize-Winners” will receive $1 million each to implement their transformative idea.

Cities with populations of 100,000 or more are invited to submit their “boldest ideas” at any stage of development, with applications closing on March 21, 2021.

Visit the Mayors Challenge website to learn more.