Vienna got awarded for its outstanding achievements

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The city of Vienna, led by mayor Michael Ludwig, has been awarded with the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2020, a biennial international award that honors outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of livable, vibrant, and sustainable urban communities around the world.

According to the jury, Vienna was chosen as the winner because of “reinventing itself for success in the 21st century without losing its distinctive identity as a capital of culture, music and history”. Furthermore, Vienna has taken on a leading role in addressing the global challenges of climate change and sustaining the highest quality of life for its inhabitants.

Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig stated: “We will continue on our consistent path of high quality of life for everyone through social and technical innovation in all areas, while maximising conservation of resources and thus resume to be a reliable partner for others,”

Some of the most important steps that Vienna has been taking are the Urban Development Plan of Vienna which has the goal of creating more open and green spaces to reduce the “Urban heat island effect”, the condition when urban areas become hotter than the rural ones.

Vienna is also dedicated to creating new and affordable housing choices. The boroughs of Aspern Seestadt and Nordbahnhof have been redeveloped in a way that residents can walk or cycle to workplaces or take affordable public transport options. Currently, the statistics say that 25% of residents walk, 38% use the public transport options, 7% cycle and only 27% use some kind of motorised transport.

Dr Cheong Koon Hean, Chairman of the prize nominating committee, said: “Even as the world faces a climate emergency, Vienna is an exemplar of responsible environmental stewardship for its region.”

The Austrian capital will be awarded the prize during the World Cities Summit in Singapore, which will be held from July 31 – August 3, 2022. (photo credit: Anton/Unsplash)