The 21th International Awards for Liveable Communities
In collaboration with the 3rd UTSN Conference
The International Awards for Liveable Communities/LivCom Awards were launched in 1997 and is the World’s major Awards Competition focusing on International Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment and development. As a UN-backed international competition, the objective of LivCom is to encourage best practices, innovation and leadership in providing a vibrant, environmentally sustainable community that improves the quality of life.
IEREK collaborates with LivCom for the 4th time to help increase the international profile for your community and an opportunity to become aware of International Best Practices in the management of the local environment and development. There are five population categories in the Awards. Communities are not compared with others within their population category but are judged as to how they are performing in respect of the judging criteria within the cultural, political, economic, geographic, and climatic environment in which they are situated.
The theme of the 21st LivCom Awards will focus on age friendliness in the Post-Pandemic Era, with due attention to the increasing ageing population that requires specific considerations in relevant policies and needed actions for appropriate support for their well-being. Meanwhile, the First International Forum on Age-Friendly and Liveable Cities/AFLC will be organized in collaboration with the International Institute on Ageing United Nations-Malta (UN INIA) during the Finals.
The submission for UTSN registrants/ attendees is free of charge.
Representing Cities & Categories
Participant cities should cover the population categories of:
Up to 20,000
20,001 – 75,000
75,001 – 150,000
150,001 – 400,000
Registration& Submissions Deadline: 28 February 2023
Finals Presentations: 30 May to 2 June 2023
Awards Ceremony: 2 June 2023
Six Judging Criteria
Communities of different sizes and in different cultures have different structures and responsibilities. If, within a Judging Criterion, there is an area of activity that is not the direct responsibility of the community, it will be expected, both in the Written Submission and in the final stages of the Awards that it is demonstrated how the community makes use of opportunities to influence policies in these areas.
Enhancement of the Landscapes and Public Spaces
Arts, Culture and Heritage Management
Environmental Protection and Green Economy
Community Participation and Empowerment
Sustainable Planning and Management Policies
Registration and Submission Process in Stages
Stage 1: Register
To register for the awards, complete the Registration Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February 2023.
Stage 2: Written Submission
The initial written submission should consist of:
Maximum of 4,500 words in English – not including titles/tables/headers etc.
Maximum of 24 photographs to be captioned and dated.
The submission should show how the city you nominated is addressing each of the above criteria. A community is defined as the whole area administered by the community criteria set out above.
The submissions submitted by the nominators should be written in accordance with the Six Judging Criteria of the LivCom Awards. Each Judging Criterion carries equal marks. It may affect score if some parts are over-elaborated and other parts are under-elaborated. Any topic relating to “age-friendliness” is encouraged to be included in the Written Submission as the bonus points, after which the LivCom jury will make a preliminary evaluation of the submissions.
The practice case of the city in building livable communities prepared and structured around the six criteria of the LivCom Awards should be submitted as per the above instructions (within 4500 words) to email@example.com (CC firstname.lastname@example.org) by 28 February 2023.
Stage 3: Interim Judging
The Panel of Judges will review each submission at the Interim Judging stage and will select cities from each population category. If your Submission was approved by interim judging, the Jury would invite you to make a Presentation at the LivCom Finals, to be held in Malta on 30 May to 2 June 2023.
Stage 4: Final Presentations
- Presentations must be made in English.
- Population Categories A, B, C, and D Presentations must not exceed 40 minutes and Population Category E Presentations must not exceed 55 minutes. Appropriate equipment will be provided.
- You will be permitted to use other visual aids, e.g. PowerPoint and Video, during the Presentation. Other equipment must be supplied by the community.
- At the end of each Presentation, the Judges will ask questions. If the assistance of an interpreter is required during the question period, you must provide the interpreter and extra time will be allowed.
- Please confirm the city you nominate and fill out the nomination/registration form and send it to email@example.com before the deadline.
Stage 5: Awards Presenting
The winners will be released based on the Jury’s Final Judging, with the Awards Ceremony organized at the Closing Session in the afternoon or the evening of 2 June 2023.