Rwanda’s capital, Kigali has been nominated among the finalists for the first edition of the Wellbeing City Award,
Wellbeing City Award is world’s first global competition recognises cities placing wellbeing at the centre of urban design, planning, and policies
16 cities, from six continents, have been announced as finalists for the 2019 Award.
A major award ceremony and forum will be held in Montréal in mid-2019, under the auspices of Mayor Valérie Plante.
The prestigious international Award is the first of its kind. It recognizes cities placing wellbeing at the center of urban design, planning, and policies.
The Award was launched in September 2018. More than 100 cities from 27 countries and six continents were considered.
The finalist cities for the 2019 Wellbeing City Award, in their categories, are:
Community: Bogotá (Colombia), Milan (Italy), New Haven (USA) and Santa Monica (USA)
Economy and Opportunity: Amaravati (India), Chicago (USA), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Pune (India)
Public Health: Gothenburg (Sweden), Kigali (Rwanda), Los Angeles (USA), Vancouver (Canada). Kigali’s nomination is attributed to the car-free day.
Sustainable Environment: Avià (Catalonia) (Spain), Curridabat (Costa Rica), Lisbon (Portugal), Moonee Valley (in Melbourne metropolitan area) (Australia)
John Rossant, Founder and Chairperson of NewCities says: “Too often cities are reactively addressing wellbeing as a silo issue, rather than examining ways to holistically improve the quality of life for citizens for the long term and from a social perspective.
Just as buildings, cars, and schools have enforceable and measurable standards, so should cities when it comes to wellbeing for urbanites. The Wellbeing City Award will help create data points and key performance indicators around wellbeing within cities that can be applied on a global scale and for cities of all sizes.
With improving the standard of urban life as the ultimate goal, cities must be judged on activities and investments that promote wellbeing. We want to increase the mandate for and recognize cities prioritizing wellbeing. And that is why we launched this important Award.”