The Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage
Every two (2) years, the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage is awarded by the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) to one of its member cities in good standing.
The award highlights a project, a program or a policy related to the conservation, enhancement or good management of a living urban ensemble or property within an urban context thanks, in part, to the commitment of its local communities. The urban ensemble or property must be located within the territory of an OWHC member city inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
With this prize, the OWHC seeks to reward exemplary urban cultural heritage conservation and its capacity for resilience; community engagement through the involvement of local stakeholders; concrete outcomes of the project on local communities; and the learning experience upon which the international community might draw.
The projects submitted by the participating cities will be evaluated by a jury composed of internationally renowned experts in the field of heritage. The project with the most complete evaluation will be awarded the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage.
Honorable Mention (Members’ Choice)
The members of the OWHC will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project among the finalists. This project will be given an honorable mention.
2021 finalists for the Members’ Choice
Cidade Velha (Cape Verde)
George Town (Malaysia)
Kutna Hora (Czech Republic)
Mexico City (Mexico)
- 15 January 2021: Opening of the call for candidates
- 15 March 2021: Deadline for cities to submit their preliminary application (early birds)
Note: Cities that submit a preliminary application will receive feedback from the OWHC General Secretariat and may make corrections to their final application. This step is optional.
- 15 April 2021: Deadline for cities to submit their final application
- 15 June 2021: Announcement of the candidate cities
- September 2021 (OWHC World Congress): Announcement of the winning cities of the Grand Prize and of the Honorable Mention at a ceremony planned for this purpose
Award (Grand Prize)
The mayor (or his/her official representative) of the winning city of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage will be the OWHC’s guest of honour at the Congress: transportation, lodging, and meal expenses, as well as the registration fees to the Congress will be assumed by the OWHC.
A certificate and a trophy will be awarded to the mayor (or to his/her representative) during a ceremony planned for the award presentation at the 16th World Congress of the OWHC to be held in Quebec, Canada.
The winning city will receive a free one-year OWHC membership as well as a financial support (up to 3000 $ CAD) from the OWHC for the design and installation of an honorary plaque to mark the receipt of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage.
The winning city and its project will benefit from worldwide promotion on the OWHC network, website, and social media.
2019 – St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)
Redevelopment of industrial cultural heritage sites and their grounds for public projects
2017 – Quito (Ecuador)
Investment programs and projects for the rehabilitation of public space on private heritage property in the Historic Center
2015 – Cordoba (Spain)
The urban project and the cultural landscape: heritage, culture, trade and tourism – renovation of Cruz Conde street
2013 – Cuenca (Ecuador)
Integral rehabilitation project of the Tres de Noviembre Walkway, the de la Madre Park, the stairway, and the footbridge facing the University of Cuenca
2011 – Tunis (Tunisia)
Restoration and beautification project of a street circuit entitled “From Zitouna to Sidi Ibrahim”
2009 – Warsaw (Poland)
Lighting of the walls of the Historic Centre
Programs of the General Secretariat
Programs of the Regional Secretariats
Programs of the Cities