New York City was chosen for the prestigious biennial award from among 62 cities across the world in recognition of its remarkable transformation following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
"The City of New York is an inspiring story of urban rejuvenation. With bold vision, strong leadership, sheer determination, and excellent partnership between government and citizens, there is now a new sense of direction in the city.
"It has regained its perch as one of the most exciting cities in the world," said Kishore Mahbubani, chairman of the prize nomination committee and a professor of public policy at National University of Singapore.
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, New York City will receive the award at the event as a part of the World Cities Summit. The prize includes an award certificate, a gold medallion and a cash prize of S$300,000 (US$237,000). Benepe will share the success story of New York City with participants at the summit.
Six other cities have received special mention this year for their outstanding progress in creating sustainable developments for residents.
These are: Ahmedabad (India), Khayelitsha (South Africa), Brisbane (Australia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Malmo (Sweden) and Vancouver Canada. Representatives from these cities will also make presentations at the event.
Named after Singapore’s first prime minister, the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize was launched at the World Cities Summit in 2010 to honour outstanding contribution towards the creation of vibrant, liveable and sustainable urban communities around the world.
The inaugural award went to northern Spanish city of Bilbao for its spectacular development into a modern environment-friendly city from a dilapidated industrial township.
Inaugurated at a packed ceremony on Sunday by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, The World Cities Summit 2012 will run from July 1-5 at Marina Sands, Singapore’s showcase development project in sustainable urban growth.
“With urbanisation taking place on an unprecedented scale, there is an urgent need to find creative solutions for more sustainable and liveable cities. There are vast benefits to be gained from adopting a more holistic and integrated approach to city planning and management,” said Ng Lang, CEO of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.
“Singapore, like other cities, grapples with the challenges of making more effective use of resources and tackling climate change. We are looking for opportunities to harness new technologies and solutions to create a more sustainable built environment. As a small compact city, Singapore can be a living laboratory where companies can develop, test-bed and demonstrate urban solutions,’’ added Lang.
Over 15,000 participants including top government representatives from around the world are attending the third edition of the summit along with the related events of Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit.
Representing the World Cities Summit organisers, Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities said, “The response to this year’s summit from top government and industry leaders has been very positive, and we are delighted to kick off the biggest edition of the summit at a time when cities are becoming the main engine of sustainable growth worldwide.
"By holding the three events together, we are able to offer a truly integrated platform for the first time, encouraging cities to explore synergies between urban infrastructure, water and waste management.”