WORLD ASSEMBLY OF ISLAMIC CITIES (WAIC)

Towards a Prosperous Urban Future For All

​​INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE ISLAMIC CITIES AWARD (ISICA)


OVERVIEW

At the 1st World Assembly of Islamic Cities held in August 2013, over 300 participants agreed on the Qazvin Declaration which called for a number of important initiatives including the establishment of an annual award. The purpose of the award is to recognize remarkable efforts of Islamic Cities in realizing the goal of sustainable city development. Through the generous support of the Municipality of Qazvin, in partnership with the City Bank Of Iran, the award will be formally launched in Dec., 2015, as a means of highlighting exemplary approaches to improving the quality of life and the urban fabric.

 AWARD JURY
An International jury comprised of 7 members selected from mayors, and UN Agencies representatives will select the award winners.

CHAIR OF THE AWARD
The Chair of the World Assembly of Islamic Cities serves as the overall Chair of the Award.

THEME OF THE AWARD
Theme of the award is founded based on CPI Criteria. CPI is is an innovative approach to city measurements developed by UN-Habitat. The CPI measures prosperity across six dimensions – productivity, infrastructure, quality of life, equity and social inclusion, environmental sustainability and governance and legislation

  • Productivity - a prosperous city contributes to economic growth and development, generating income, employment and equal opportunities that further provide adequate living standards for the entire population.
  • Infrastructure - a prosperous city deploys the infrastructure, physical assets and amenities – adequate water, sanitation, energy and power supply, road network, transportation options, information and communications technology, etc. – required to sustain both the population and the economy and provide a better quality of life for all.
  • Quality of Life - prosperous cities provide services such as social services, education, health, recreation and safety and security required for improved living standards, enabling the population to maximize individual potential and to lead fulfilling lives.
  • Equity and Inclusion - a city is only prosperous to the extent that poverty and inequalities are minimal. No city can claim to be prosperous when large segments of the population live in abject poverty and deprivation. This involves reducing the incidence of slums and new forms of poverty and marginalization.
  • Environmental Sustainability - the growth of cities and their economic development do not destroy or degrade the environment; instead, the city’s natural assets are preserved and enhanced for the sake of sustainability.
  • Governance and Legislation - Cities are best able to combine sustainability and shared prosperity through effective urban governance and transformational leadership, deploying appropriate and effective policies, laws and regulations and creating adequate institutional frameworks with strong local institutions.


CHAIR OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE
The Chair of the Steering Committee will be selected by the Chair of the World Assembly of Islamic Cities from among its members.

AWARD STEERING COMMITTEE
The council proposes the broad objectives and strategies of the award. It is comprised of 9 members including 1 representative from UN-Habitat, 1 representative from UNEP, 1 representative from UNESCO, two religious science experts, 2 urban science experts, the representative of the chairman of WAIC and the representative of International City Leaders.

Note: The Award will cover accommodation and transportation costs of the steering committee members.

AWARD CATEGORIES AND VALUE
 

CategoryRankingNo. of WinnersPrize
Gold Medal11Letter of Appreciation, U$50,000
Silver Medal2
1Letter of Appreciation, U$30,000
Bronze Medal31Letter of Appreciation, U$20,000
Personal Medal410Letter of Appreciation, U$3,000













AWARD TIMELINE:

  • Award Announcement: Toronto, 27,February, 2015
  • Launch of the Award: Toronto, Dec. 2015
  • Registration Deadline: End Jan.,2016
  • Deadline for receiving submissions/Nomination of submissions based on award criteria: Mar.,2016
  • Jury Meeting and Judgement: Mar.,2016
  • Award ceremony: May,2016


AWARD PARTNERS
UN-Habitat
City Bank of Iran
ICL

OTHER PARTNERS

The Steering Committee is charged with the responsibility of preparing a procedure to enable the participation of additional partners. Newly identified participating organizations of the Steering Committee will be present for the next cycle of the award.

AWARD PLATINUM SPONSOR
Shahr-e Atieh Investment Company