The BestCities Global Alliance launched the Global Recognition Award programme, rewarding associations who help deliver positive change and leave a lasting impact in their partner destinations with a $500 USD grant to donate a charity or initiative of their choice.
The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) are the first recipients of the award. Each organisation has held numerous conferences in BestCities’ partner cities, with ISN holding their congress in five partner cities, and the YPO holding seven conferences in five BestCities destinations.
ISN used their Global Recognition Award grant to support their Continued Medical Education programme to cover travel costs for Professor Kriang Tungsanga, a nephrologist based in Thailand, to speak at the annual meeting of the Laos Society of Nephrology.
YPO donated their grant to Bridges for Music, an organisation who build creative schools. The money will go towards the purchase of music equipment for a music school being built in Langa near Cape Town. In addition, YPO are also donating furniture to the school.