Zurich's mayor voted world number two

Elmar Ledergerber has been named one of the year's most outstanding mayors by a London-based think tank, in second place after the mayor of Cape Town Helen Zille.

This content was published on October 14, 2008 - 09:45

The 2008 World Mayor Commendation was awarded to Ledergerber "because of his ability to build bridges between the wealthy sections of society in the city and the less well-off".

"The Mayor believes everyone, Swiss or non-Swiss, living in Zurich should feel the city is their home," the competition organisers said.

World Mayor, a project organised by the urban affairs think tank City Mayors, aims to raise the profile of mayors worldwide as well as to honour those who have made long-lasting contributions to their communities.

More than 74,000 voters nominated a total of 820 mayors for this year's World Mayor Award. The finalists were then chosen by a judging panel, which also took testimonials into account.

Ledergerber, who has been mayor of Zurich since 2002, said the award was a great honour, most of all as a mark of respect for the city of Zurich.

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