Tenders are invited for the LivCom-Award by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and International Federation of Park and Recreation Administration (IFPRA). Towns and cities throughout the world are requested to take part, ranging from a small village to a metropolis with more than one million inhabitants. The objective is to promote the interchange of ideas and to publicise good ideas for similar problems.
Categories such as the environment and the landscape, citizen participation, the preservation of the historic heritage and sustained planning for the future are evaluated. In order to ensure the towns and cities can be fairly compared the cities are divided based on their sizes into different classes.
This glass trophy and a certificate were presented to Münster in 2004 when it was voted "most liveable city" in the category for cities with populations between 200,000 and 750,000.
(Source: Press Office, Münster City Council, Joachim Busch)
The competition takes place each year and is organised by the LivCom-Team in Great Britain. It is held in two rounds, in which the participating cities present themselves with a brochure, a film and a speech. Following this the jury, consisting of international experts, asked some questions.
Thus they were particularly interested in the form of citizen participation in the integrated urban development and urban marketing process, the environmental programme for companies "Ökoprofit" and the integration of foreign students and immigrants within the city.
In 2004 over 400 cities from around the world had applied. Münster is the first German city ever to come first with the Gold Award.