2021 – George Town – Melaka (Malaysia)


For the first time, two member cities were awarded as the Grand Prize winners of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage, 2021 edition. Congratulations to George Town and Melaka for the development of their respective projects:

  • George Town, Malaysia – Creating public spaces through the revitalisation of backlanes in the world heritage city of George Town. Read More >
  • Melaka, Malaysia – Improvement and Conservation of Historical Urban Environment in the Historic City of Melaka. Read More >

The Grand Prize winners of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage were announced during the Award Ceremony held on September 9, 2021, as part of the virtual General Assembly of the members of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC).

George Town

The interventions carried out by both cities testify to a shared management, in which each city worked for the best interests of the World Heritage serial property as a whole “Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca”, inscribed in the World Heritage List in 2008. These initiatives stood out for their people-centred project to improve and conserve their historic urban environment. They implemented concrete interventions aimed at redeveloping back alleys and public spaces, as well as greening their historic centre. All these actions were carried out in collaboration with local communities, who were actively involved in the implementation process and aim to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, such as: creation of more green spaces, promoting good health and well-being of the people, gender equality, employment and economic growth as well as sustainable cities and communities.


The evaluations of the projects and the selection of the Grand Prize winners were carried out in a professional and objective manner by a jury of six (6) internationally renowned experts in the field of heritage: Prof. Mike Turner, Adviser to the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre; Mr. Samir Abdulac, Vice-President, Committee of Towns and Historic Villages (CIVVIH) of ICOMOS; Mr. Joseph King, Director, Partnership and Communication, ICCROM; Mr. Francisco García Chávez, World Heritage Director of San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) ; Mr. Michał Krasucki – Regional Coordinator of the OWHC, Director of the Department of Heritage Protection (City of Warsaw); and Ms. Lee Minaidis, Interim Secretary General of the OWHC (ex-officio).

Once again, congratulations to the cities of George Town and Melaka!


Posters George Town - Melaka


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