On November 17, the Day of Budapest, Mayor Gergely Karacsony presented honorary citizenship titles and further recognition awards to those who play a significant and decisive role in the city of Budapest. Professor Diana Urge-Vorsatz from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy was awarded with the Honorary Citizen of Budapest title for her extensive scientific contributions in the field of climate change and sustainable energy policy.
“I am honored to receive this award from the most important city of my life, Budapest,” remarked Ürge-Vorsatz on the occasion of the award. She added, “I am pleased that the importance of climate change and its scientific background is reflected in the city bestowing this title upon me. Cities do play a big role in generating climate change – but also in solving it.”
Her work focuses primarily on creating more livable cities that are greener and free of traffic jams, thus improving the quality of people's lives and social cohesion, while easing the problems of climate change and the energy crisis. Ürge-Vorsatz notes that she is proud that Budapest is a city that understand this and is trying to realize such a vision.
In addition to recognizing outstanding achievements, the ceremony kicked-off a two-year series of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the unification of Budapest.