The keynote speaker, Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka canceled his keynote speech in protest against the Thai military's coup against the government and was replaced at the last moment by S.
She has also made some health and education services provided by the city free to use for the poorer members of society. She is a member of the Democratic Party but promotes a non-partisan approach to running the city.
The winner receives the artistically acclaimed World Mayor trophywhile the runner-up is given the World Mayor Commendation. She is known locally as the Lioness. These include mentoring schemes, which link teenage children of migrants with long-term residents such as retired teachers.
In decades in political and civic life Mayor Nicolini has achieved some environmental successes against powerful opposition. His authentic speeches have touched the hearts of many people of my generation as he has overcome the 'Greek political persona' who lies to gain votes.
These have made Houston more walkable and increased the number and quality of parks and other green spaces. She is the first woman to be mayor of the city. Praised by European institutions for his policies and attitudes during the crisis years between and the mayor has reduced the number of city council departments and staff and brought the budget under control whilst protecting important services.
Typical tribute: I feel very proud being Greek when the most revolutionary and open-minded person in the Greek political scene has been recognised and included in the World Mayor list.
She stands up for the basic values common not only to Europe but to all cultures in the world.