Global Philadelphia Association Announces Former Mayor Michael Nutter as Honoree for the 2023 World Heritage City Celebration

The former two-term mayor of Philadelphia will receive a Globy Award for Distinguished Global Leadership.

Philadelphia, PA (July 10, 2023) – Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) announces today that the former mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter will be the honoree at this year’s 2023 World Heritage City Celebration and be presented with a Globy Award for Distinguished Global Leadership. The recognition spotlights Nutter’s accomplished career, including his successful bid in making Philadelphia the first World Heritage City in the United States. 

Under Mayor Nutter's leadership, Philadelphia embarked on a transformative journey to secure the prestigious designation of a World Heritage City by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The journey was not only an acknowledgment of Philadelphia’s outstanding universal value but also a testament to the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders, including community leaders, historians, cultural institutions, and citizens. Mayor Nutter's unwavering commitment to preserving Philadelphia's cultural and historical treasures, such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, laid the foundation for Philadelphia’s successful bid.

"Michael Nutter's remarkable tenure as Philadelphia's mayor showcased his dedication to fostering progress, innovation, and cultural preservation,” said Zabeth Teelucksingh, President of Global Philadelphia Association. “With his unwavering commitment, Nutter spearheaded the effort that led Philadelphia to become the first World Heritage City in the United States, solidifying its place among the most iconic and culturally significant destinations in the world.” 

Michael A. Nutter is a former two-term mayor of Philadelphia who previously spent nearly 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council. Since leaving public office in 2016, he has remained active in public policy, government, and civic life, maintaining major involvement in the corporate community and academic institutions across the country. Nutter has been involved in efforts to promote education and youth development and improve public safety. Nutter's focus on these issues reflects his commitment to the well-being of his hometown, Philadelphia, and the broader national and international communities. A full biography can be found here

The eighth annual World Heritage City celebration will be held on September 7, bringing together a collection of civic, business, and community leaders, to honor Philadelphia’s recognition as the first World Heritage City in the country. The event will also join 330 other global cities in marking “Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities,” a day honoring global heritage and the impact they have had on their respective regions.

To learn more about the 2023 World Heritage City celebration, please visit

About the Global Philadelphia Association

The Global Philadelphia Association consists of more than 200 internationally involved organizations, businesses, and individuals in Greater Philadelphia. It was created to assist – and to encourage greater interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the area, and to enhance Philadelphia’s global profile. For more information, visit the website:


Media Contact:

Ally Wengel, Cashman & Associates 

(908) 914-5052