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This archived article was published 5 July 2005
Your choice of host for
2012 Summer Olympics

City Mayors has been conducting an internet poll to find the most popular city to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. The poll went live in December 2003. By 5 July 2005, one day before the IOC decided on the host city for the 2012 Olympics, a total 5,720 valid votes were cast. The total includes 419 votes cast for the four cities (Rio de Janeiro, Leipzig, Istanbul and Havana) which the IOC removed from the bidding process on 18 May 2004. The number of votes received by the five cities which remained in the bidding process totaled 5,301. City Mayors counted all votes manually. Multiple votes, whether for one city or several cities, were eliminated.


Percentage of votes cast since 1 January 2004
Rank
City
Number of votes
Previous number of votes in brackets
Share of votes
Previous share of votes in brackets*
1
New York
1,538 (1,511)
29.0% (29.2%)
2
Paris
1,362 (1,334)
25.7% (25.8%)
3
London
1,082 (1,057)
20.4% (20.4%)
4
Madrid
832 (801)
15.7% (15.5%)
5
Moscow
487 (477)
9.2% (9.2%)
Number of votes cast for and share of votes of each of
the nine bidding cities to host the 2012 Summer Olympics
*All percentages recalculated to reflect the new shortlist of five candidate cities

On 18 May 2004, the International Olympic Committee decided that the five candidate cities to bid for the 2012 Olympics were London, Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris. Havana, Leipzig, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro were eliminated. In City Mayors' international poll Rio de Janeiro was the world's second most popular city after New York.


The results for World Mayor 2010 were announced on 7 December 2010


Introducing
World Mayor

The City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank on urban affairs, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. Mayors wishing to be considered for the Prize are asked to sign up to the City Mayors Code of Ethics.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. Winners receive the World Mayor Prize, while the first and second runners-up receive the World Mayor Commendation.

Winners and runners-up
2004 to 2010:

In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City}; In third place - Walter Veltroni (Rome)
In 2005: Winner – Dora Bakoyannis (Athens); Runner-up - Hazel McCallion (Mississauga); In third place - Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City)
In 2006: Winner – John So (Melbourne); Runner up – Job Cohen (Amsterdam); In third place - Stephen Reed (Harrisburg)
In 2008: Winner – Helen Zille (Cape Town); Runner up - Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich); In third place - Leopoldo López (Chacao)
In 2010: Winner - Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City); First runner-up - Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City); Second runner-up - Domenico Lucano (Riace) More