The Jakarta Post
Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo won second runner-up in the 2012 World Mayor Prize. The organization acknowledged his achievements while mayor of his hometown Surakarta.
Jokowi placed third after Iñaki Azkuna of Bilbao, Spain and Lisa Scaffidi of Perth, Western Australia.
He was awarded for the measures taken to turn the crime-ridden city into a regional center of arts and culture that now attracts international tourists, the World Mayor project announced on its official website on Tuesday.
Jokowi was also praised for his campaign against corruption.
Azkuna, who topped the list, was awarded for his efforts to rebuild Bilbao and make it debt-free in 2011.
Runner-up Scaffidi, received commendation for services to her city, raised Perth’s international profile, while at the same time making local bread-and-butter issues her top priority.