3 RI local leaders nominated for the World Mayor Prize
(The Jakarta Post) Three Indonesian local leaders, namely South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, and Surakarta Mayor Joko Widodo, have been nominated for the 2012 World Mayor Prize from the City Mayors’ Foundation. Up to April 2, according to the foundation’s official website www.worldmayor.com, the three Indonesian regional leaders will compete with 24 other mayors from Europe, 15 from North America, 14 from Asia, 12 from Latin America, six from Africa and three from Australia. The foundation will continue to accept nominations until mid-May, the website announced on Monday. A shortlist of 25 nominees will be published in early June 2012, and the winner of the 2012 World Mayor Prize and the other results of the World Mayor Project will be announced in early December 2012. The biannual prize has since 2004 been awarded to mayors who have made outstanding contributions to his/her community, and who have developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant for towns and cities across the world. No Indonesian mayor or other regional leader has ever received the prize. Commenting on his nomination, Joko Widodo said he did not feel it was something special. “I am only concerned with my job; it is other people or institutions that assess whether the results are good or bad,” Joko said as quoted by tribunnews.com.