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The 2024 edition of the AIPH World Green City Awards is offered in seven categories, with three finalists in each category from which one category winner is selected, and with one Grand Winner chosen from the seven category winners. A special Youth Jury will also select from the finalists one winner to receive the Youth Award. Following the first stage of assessment by the Technical Panel, 21 Finalists have been selected and presented to the Jury.

Entries for the 2024 edition are now closed, but cities can register their interest in entering the 2026 edition below. AIPH will be in touch when entries open.

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The prestigious Awards ceremony for the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024 will take the form of a dedicated gala dinner, set to be hosted on 25thSeptember 2024 at the Royal Jaarbeurs in the heart of the City of Utrecht, Netherlands. The momentous occasion forms an integrated part of the official program of the first Future Green City World Congress, which is set to be held from 23rd–26th September 2024 with over 3000 experts from around the world expected to attend and share their passion and knowledge for shaping greener cities of the future.

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The AIPH World Green City Awards is the first and only global awards for cities where plants and nature are the core focus. As an ongoing competition with entries open every 2 years, the Awards recognise the role of city authorities in promoting and supporting greater inclusion of plants and nature in urban environments.
The Awards are designed to champion ambitious nature-orientated approaches to city design and operation. Specifically, they seek to recognise public initiatives relying on a greater use of plants and nature to create better city environments – helping to fulfil local aspirations for improved economic, social and environmental resilience.

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About the competition

Awards categories

Awards are offered in 7 categories, with 3 finalists and a category winner being selected in each category, and with 1 Grand Winner selected from the 7 category winners. More details.

Judging Criteria

Award entries will be assessed on the basis of six evaluation criteria.

Cities submitting an entry will be provided with detailed documents that describe the evaluation process. More details.

Step-by-step Guide

For your convenience, AIPH has prepared a step-by-step guide for entering the Awards. You can find it here.

How to enter

Cities register a profile on the entry submission portal and complete the online entry form, in English, which consists of a series of questions in line with the judging criteria and may be complemented by supporting evidence such as images, videos, publications (e.g. copy of a report), letters of support (e.g. from partners). More details.


For your convenience, a list of Frequently Asked Questions is available. Frequently asked questions.

Rules and Procedures

Please find the Rules and Procedures document here.

The AIPH World Green City Awards is an international competition that cities enter to:
  • Gain recognition for the greening they have done and the benefits to their city
  • Promote their city at an international level.
  • Inspire a global movement for greener cities.
  • Demonstrate that their city is highly desirable to live and work in.
  • Showcase how urban nature can improve the health of citizens, increase job opportunities, stimulate economic development, and strengthen greening regulations.
  • Demonstrate how ambitious local actions contribute to achieving global agendas.
By entering the AIPH World Green City Awards, cities stand a chance to:
  • Have their initiatives featured on the AIPH website and integrated to the case study library associated with the AIPH 2020 Green City Guidelines. All shortlisted entries will be featured.
  • Win an award certificate and a trophy. Winners can nominate key partners and key staff so that additional award certificates can be prepared in their name.
  • Gain global recognition and profiling opportunities, Winners will be promoted via AIPH and the World Green City Awards partners’ and sponsors’ media channels.
  • Have their city’s work displayed to a significant global audience in the AIPH pavilion of an AIPH International Horticultural Expo.
  • Receive up to 4 complimentary tickets to the gala event of the Awards ceremony for winners.

AIPH launched the World Green City Awards 2024 at the 2022 Awards ceremony gala dinner, which took place on the 14th October 2022 at a dedicated gala dinner held at the IUCN Leaders Forum in the Self-Governing Province of Jeju, Republic of Korea. It was at this auspicious occasion where the Certificates of Merit were presented to cities, the Highly Commended Certificates were presented to finalists, and where the category winners and Grand Winner were proudly announced.

The city of Hyderabad, India, was named as the 2022 Grand Winner and took home the highest accolade and most highly coveted award for their winning initiative titled: Green Garland to the State of Telangana.

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The 2024 edition of the AIPH World Green City Awards is closed for entries. Is your city interested in participating in future editions? The next edition, which will be the 2026 edition, will be launched at the 2024 Awards ceremony in Utrecht, the Netherlands in September 2024 and will open for entries in early 2025. Complete the form below to express your interest in the 2026 edition. In doing so, you will be among the first to know when your city can enter.

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