Report of the Best Practice Jury
We, the members of the International Jury, having reviewed the 40
best practices put forward to us by an independent Technical Advisory
Committee (TAC), have decided that the following ten initiatives
be given the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve
the Living Environment.
• Comprehensive Improvement of the Urban Environment of Zhuhai,
• Urban Sub-centres for Citizen Life in the Low-income Areas
of Medellin, Colombia
• Household Solid Waste Management: Zabbaleen Garbage Collectors,
• Urban Governance in Environment and Public Health: Surat's
• The Kipepeo Project, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya
• Housing Programme for the Peripheral Areas of Xalapa, Vera
• Participatory Planning Initiatives in Naga City,
• Programmes for Improving the Urban Environment in Malaga,
• Community Infrastructure Upgrading Programme, Dar-es-Salaam,
Interface's Journey to Sustainability, Kennesaw, Georgia,
States of America
In reviewing the 40 submissions, the Jury used the established criteria
of tangible impact, partnership and sustainability. In reaching
its conclusions, the members of the Jury worked in two independent
groups, each selecting its choices of preference and then in plenary
discussion, agreeing unanimously on the ten winners. The Jury gave
due recognition to the considerations used, and the recommendations
made, by the TAC regarding
innovation, leadership in inspiring change, high demonstration value
and potential for scaling up and/or replication.
In this spirit, the Jury wishes to recognize the efforts of the
City of Vienna in providing a healthier, safer, more equitable and
sustainable living environment for its citizens as evidenced by
seven of its initiatives being included in the Best Practices 100
List for 1998 and two of those having been selected by the TAC
in the short list of 40 submissions to be considered by the Jury.
Under the stewardship of its Chair, Dr. Arcot Ramachandran,
the Jury also looked for "pointers to the future" in terms
of initiatives, processes and partnership that will help meet the
challenges of sustainable development in the next millennium. The
Jury firmly believes that the concept of Best Practices and the
experience they embody provide a strong building block for new policies,
strategies, and even paradigms for the effective governance and
efficient management of human settlements in the 21st century.
The Jury commends the Best Practice and Local
Leadership Program (BLP) for the impetus it is giving to new forms
of action in the field of international cooperation and development
based on the exchange of lessons learned and derived from successful
solutions, effective processes and tangible results. The Jury notes
with particular satisfaction that some of the 1996
Award-winning practices have already resulted
in inter alia, north-south, south-south and south-north transfers
of expertise and experience.
In light of all the above, the Jury fully endorses
the further development of the Best Practice Database as an information-sharing
and networking tool. Additionally, it encourages all partners and
relevant institutions in all sectors, to actively participate in,
and contribute to, the Best Practices Network as an unique international
forum for mutual learning. Both the Network and the Database offer
a valuable source of innovation, inspiration and expertise for new
approaches to common social, economic and environmental problems.
They also indicate promising avenues for the implementation of the
Habitat Agenda and Agenda 21.
The Jury also commends Dubai Municipality’s
initiative to establish the Dubai International Award Laureates’
Forum (DIALF) as a means of tracking progress made and further disseminating
information on the results achieved by Award-winning best practices.
It endorses the BLP Steering Committee’s full support to the
establishment of the Forum.
The Jury wishes to thank the members of the
for their excellent work, and fully endorses the TAC’s
recommendations regarding the widespread adoption of national and
sub-regional pre-selection processes as integral parts of broad-based
participatory mechanisms recommended by the Habitat Agenda for implementing
national and local plans of action.
Last but not least, the Jury wishes to express, in
addition to its gratitude to Dubai Municipality for hosting the
Jury, its appreciation for the substantive contribution made by
Dubai Municipality to the entire Best Practices endeavor.
Dubai, 26 July 1998
Members of the 1998 Jury
Dr. Arcot Ramachandran,
India, Jury Chairperson
United Nations (Habitat).
USA, Former Secretary-General,
International Union of Local Authorities (IULA).
- Mohammed Abdul Karim Julfar,
Head of Administrative Development Office,
-Professor Isabelle Milbert,
Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED), Geneva.
- Dr. Emilio Pradilla-Cobos,
Director of the Faculty of Design,
Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico D.F.
- Grace Wanyonyi, Kenya
Deputy Director of Housing,
Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Kenya.
- Nicholas You
Secretary to the Jury and Rapporteur
Best Practices & Local Leadership Programme, UNHABITAT.
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