The City Mayor's Foundation,an International think tank relating to urban affairs has just announced their winner for the 2010 World Mayor Prize. Mexico City's Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has taken top honor and has been elected as the World's Top Mayor!
The World's Mayor contest for 2010 was conducted over a year and a half time period,more than 18 months,and has been inviting a worldwide audience to submit nominations of Mayor's that haver gone above and beyond the call of duty and are regarded as an outstanding leader of their city.
Tann Vom Hove who is the Senior Editor with CityMayors.com,referred to Mayor Ebrard as a reformer and pragmatist,"The mayor is a liberal reformer and pragmatist who has never shied away from challenging Mexico's orthodoxy. He has championed women's and minorities' rights and has become an outspoken and internationally respected advocate on environmental issues. Shortly after his election,the mayor outlined a 15-year 'Green Plan' (Plan Verde). The plan is designed to reduce Mexico City's overall greenhouse gas emissions by seven million metric tonnes from its inception in 2008 until 2012. Twenty years ago Mexico's capital was the world's most polluted city. Today,with a metro population of more than 20 million,it is ranked outside the top 10 cities with the worst air quality. Marcelo Ebrard has signed up to City Mayors' Code of Ethics."
The choice for World Mayor is no easy victory,more than 118,000 voters nominated a total of 840 mayor's for this year's "Top Man."
"With more than half the world's population today living in cities for the first time in human history,the City Mayors Foundation work on behalf of metropolitan communities around the globe is essential," Ebrard said. "I thank the City Mayors Foundation and the people who participated in the World Mayor's contest from throughout the world."
As the Summit for Climate Change wraps up here in Cancun it is plain to see that the great country of Mexico is giving a top priority to the environment's successful management and preservation.
Maybe this is why Travel and Leisure call Mexico one of the most seductive destinations around?