Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has been shortlisted for World Mayor 2014.
The Prize is awarded by the philanthropic City Mayors Foundation every two years to a mayor who has made outstanding contributions to his or her community and has developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world.
Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Bilbao, Perth, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Cape Town, Zurich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Athens, Mississauga and Tirana.
Other shortlisted Mayors include Bristol’s George Ferguson, as well as those running Bordeaux, Ghent, Houston, Seoul and Sydney. The winner will be announced in January 2015.
Mayor Anderson said: “I certainly didn’t run for Mayor to be nominated for an award, but I am both flattered and humbled to be shortlisted. I like to think of it more of a reflection of the progress that the city is making and the passion and ambition that exists in Liverpool at the moment.”
A second round of voting is taking place between June and October. The winner of the 2014 World Mayor Prize and other results of the World Mayor Project will be declared in January 2015. The winner receives the artistically acclaimed World Mayor trophy, while the runner-up is given the World Mayor Commendation.