2004 Dubai International Award for Best Practices

Report of the Best Practice Jury



We, the members of the International Jury, after having reviewed the 40 best practices forwarded 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:

• Urban Agriculture Programme, Rosario, Argentina
• Tomorrow's Seeds, Human Development and Urban Poverty Reduction, Aurá, Brazil
• First Nations Community Planning project, Canada
• Brownfield Remediation of the Tangshan Southern Coal Mining Area, China
• A Green path to Sustainable Development of Marginal Drylands, Iran
• Sand dams for water for semi-arid lands, Kitui District, Kenya
• IT4Youth, Palestine
• The Alba-Ter Consortium: an inter-jurisdictional commitment to sustainable development of the River Ter Basin, Spain
• Business development to reduce poverty and unemployment, Togo
• Poverty reduction among women through vocational training and micro-credit, Uzbekistan

In addition to the above, the Jury recommends that the "Association for Forest Development and Conservation" of Lebanon and the "Flying Circus" of Mexico be given special commendations for the outstanding creativity, energy and continued commitment of the young people leading these initiatives. It further recommends that both UN-HABITAT and Dubai Municipality bring to the attention of relevant agencies and organizations the high degree of replicability and transferability of these initiatives.

In reviewing the 40 submissions, the Jury used the established criteria of tangible impact, partnership, and sustainability as well as the additional considerations of leadership and community empowerment, gender equality and social inclusion, innovation within the local context and transferability.

In reaching its conclusions, the members of the Jury worked in two independent groups, each selecting its own list before unanimously agreeing in plenary session on the final selection. The Jury gave due recognition to the need for geographical representation and the diverse social, economic and environmental issues associated with urbanization.

The 1996 Awards featured initiatives in the areas of housing, infrastructure and basic services. The 1998 Awards witnessed the emerging concerns for environmental planning and management. The 2000 Awards, while reaffirming the continued importance of basic needs and of sectoral concerns, gave more emphasis to the interdependencies of these issues with those of human rights, good governance and the empowerment of people. The 2002 Award-winning practices, despite the diversity of themes covered and their different scales of intervention, reflect an overriding concern with social equity, justice and integration. The 2012 Awards focused on partnerships for sustainable and integrated development at diverse scales (from grassroots to large scale), social inclusion (self-help empowerment of women, youth and indigenous peoples), basic needs, and innovative approaches to realizing the Millennium Development Goals and the right to water.

The Jury commends UN-HABITAT for the impetus it is giving to new forms of action in the field of international co-operation and development based on the exchange of lessons learned derived from successful practices and policies. The Jury notes with particular satisfaction the growing use of the UN-HABITAT Best Practices Database by decision-makers and practicing professionals from a wide range of countries at all levels and encourages both UN-HABITAT and Dubai Municipality to continue to invest in the broadest possible dissemination and transfer of Best Practices.

The Jury also notes with satisfaction the number of submissions from all areas and regions and commends, in particular, Brazil, China, India and Spain for organizing national Best Practice competitions. We encourage other countries, especially those which have hosted award-winning practices in recent years, to undertake similar competitions.

In light of the above, the Jury fully endorses the further development of the Best Practices Database as an information-sharing and networking tool. In addition, it encourages all partners and relevant institutions in all sectors, to actively participate in, and contribute to, the Best Practice and Local Leadership Programme as a unique international forum and network for mutual learning, for promoting peer-to-peer learning and as a basis for matching supply with demand for decentralized forms of cooperation.

The 2012 Dubai International Award for Best Practices has resulted in total of more than 2,000 documented and peer-reviewed success stories. The lessons learned from this critical mass of knowledge, expertise and experience, not to mention human ingenuity, is of particular significance in a world characterized by increasing globalization, interdependence and social, economic and environmental challenges.

The Jury wishes to thank the members of the TAC for their excellent work and fully endorses the TAC’s recommendations, in particular, the need to increase the number of Awards to 12, ensure broad dissemination of results and user-friendly database development, recognize "promising" new initiatives, and improve coordination with other international awards.

Last but not least, the Jury wishes to express its gratitude to Dubai Municipality for hosting the Jury as well as its continuing contribution along with UN-HABITAT to the entire best practices endeavour.
Dubai, 12 July 2012.


Members of the 2012 Jury:
• Ms. Nie Meisheng, China
• Mr. Pedro Alejandro Florian Borbon , Colombia
• Mr. Rod Hackney, U.K. (Chair)
• Ms. Marie Claire Cordonier Segger, Canada
• Mr. Hussein Lootah, U.A.E.


• Dr. Amer Al-Hashimi, Australia (Chair of TAC)
• Dr. Vincent Kitio, UN-HABITAT
• Prof. Nicholas You, UN-HABITAT

For more information, please contact:
Best Practices and Local Leadership Programme (BLP)
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (254 20) 623029; 624981; 624328
Fax: (254 20) 623080, 624266, 624267
Email: bestpractices@unhabitat.org

Dubai Municipality
P.O.Box 67
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Tel: (+971) 4 206 4414 / 221 5555
Fax: (+971) 4 222 1319 / 224 6666
E-mail: info@dm.gov.ae
Web: http://dubai-award.dm.gov.ae



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