In 2010 Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubón was awarded the World Mayor prize in recognition of his environmental and civil-rights initiatives within Mexico City. Two years later, when Ebrard stepped down after six years in office as Mexico City’s mayor, he was heralded for making the city cleaner, safer, and more environmentally friendly.
During his time as mayor, Ebrard, a member of the Party of Democratic Revolution, changed a lot in the city. He ordered the development of attractive public spaces, including highly popular artificial urban beaches and ice-skating rinks, as an alternative for other forms of entertainment too expensive for the poor.
Under Ebrard’s reign an extensive surveillance program reduced crime in the city significantly. 8,000 more surveillance cameras were added to the city’s existing 5,000 as well as an intelligence centre to monitor the images. But safety also benefitted from Ebrard’s decision to provide low-income students with funding to keep them in school and off the streets.
Moreover, Ebrard is known for his Green Plan, which included a vast expansion of public transport, introduction of the bike-sharing program called Ecobici, and more. The plan resulted in reduction of Mexico City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 7.7 million metric tons between 2008 and 2012. A World Mayors Summit on Climate Change in Mexico in 2010 under his leadership resulted in the Global Cities Covenant on Climate. This Mexico City Pact was signed by 250 cities across the globe.
After leaving office as mayor, Ebrard was elected President of the United Nations Global Network on Safer Cities, part of UN Habitat. For his distinguished contribution to society, he was also honored by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2012, who named him a Grand Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau.