Award 1st edition 2013-2014

Award 1st edition

The awards Ceremony of the first edition of the "International Award UCLG – MEXICO City – Culture 21" took place on 12th November 2014. The events were hosted by Mexico City (Mexico).

The winners of the first edition of the Award were the City of Belo Horizonte in the category "City", and, ex-aequo, Manuel Castells  and Farida Shaheed in the category "Individual".

Watch now the videos of presentation and promotion of the first edition of the International Award:


Category "City"

The jury of the 1st edition of the "International Award UCLG – MEXICO City – Culture 21" selected the City of Belo Horizonte, and its project "Arena da cultura" as the winner of the Category  "City and Local Government":


Belo Horizonte Winner

Arena Da Cultura


READ MORE: Belo Horizonte.
The programme “Arena da Cultura – Artistic and Cultural Training Programme” of the city of Belo Horizonte is the main project of the cultural policy of the city. Created in 1998, it is oriented toward the democratization of the cultural goods and services of the city, in order to reduce the social and territorial inequalities. The Jury emphasizes the integrality of the following elements: (a) the population: the programme is addressed to a diverse public, from 6 to 80 years of age with heterogeneous educational and socioeconomic levels; (b) the territory: the programme covers the entire city, including 16 cultural centers and 33 “BH Ciudadanía” (citizenship groups) and contributes to the significance of public spaces; (c) culture: the programme is based on a transforming artistic experience at the center of the entire process, with a careful evaluation of the work with professionals and artists as essential people for creating capacity, knowledge, skills and abilities in everyone; (d) governance: the programme has a management model which integrates public institutions and an extensive network or associated organizations, clubs and NGOs. The project provides evidence of a very positive impact on the cultural, social and territorial transformation of the city. It is a programme which perfectly applies principles and recommendations of Agenda 21 for Culture.


Special mention

The Jury also decided to make special mention to the following projects:

READ MORE: Hannover.
“Twinning for a Culture of Sustainability” presented by the city of Hannover (Lower Saxony, Germany), focuses on international cooperation in the area of culture with twinned towns, through three successive projects (called aware&fair, fairCulture and KlimaKunstStädte), actively involving the cultural actors of the city and permitting citizen appropriation of cooperation projects.

READ MORE: Ouagadougou.
“The Reemdoogo, Music Garden” presented by Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), a project focused on the artistic and professional education of the city youth.The project links culture, from its intrinsic values, to processes of employment creation, to social cohesion and urban construction of the city, with user-friendly urban planning, perfectly symbolized by the garden.

Category "Individual"

The jury of the "International Award CGLU – MEXICO City – Culture 21" selected Manuel Castells and Farida Shaheed as ex-aequo winners of the Category  "Individual":

Manuel Castells

Manuel Castells

Manuel Castells Note


Manuel Castells Article


Farida Shaheed

Farida Shaheed

Farida Shaheed Note


Farida Shaheed Article




The award will recognise an original policy, programme or project that explicitly includes the principles of Agenda 21 for culture. The action awarded should count on, at least, two years of execution and have documented proof of the impact and the successes achieved. 

A city, local or regional government will only be able to present one bid. 

In 2013-2014, 57 participated to the first edition of the Award:


For the 1st edition 2013-2014 of the “International Award UCLG - MEXICO City - Culture 21” the Jury was formed by five members and international experts:


Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, jury of 1st Edition of Uclg International Award

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano

General Coordinator for International Affairs of Mexico City (president)

Gonzalo Carámbula, jury of 1st Edition of Uclg International Award

Gonzalo Carámbula

Professor and researcher in cultural policies and management, and expert in Agenda 21 for culture

Danielle Cliché, jury of 1st Edition of Uclg International Award

Danielle Cliche

Secretary of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Catherine Cullen, jury of 1st Edition of Uclg International Award

Catherine Cullen

President of the Committee on Culture of UCLG

Alicia Ziccardi, jury of 1st Edition of Uclg International Award

Alicia Ziccardi

Director of the Programme on Urban Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico – UNAM


Check out the presentation, the detailed report and the communiqué of the Jury for the 1st edition:

Presentation of the Jury 1st edition of the Award

Presentation of the Jury 1st edition of the Award

Final report of the Jury 1st edition of the Award

Final report of the jury 1st edition of the award

Communiqué of the Jury 1st edition of the Award

Communiqué of the jury 1st edition of the award


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