Wellbeing Cities 2020

Global Initiative To Give Rise To the Wellbeing Movement

As the world continues to urbanize, and as 2020 showcased, cities are increasingly facing challenges of public health, economic development, social inequality, and environmental degradation. Urban leaders need to take an active role and transform urban life by placing wellbeing at the heart of their plans and policies. “Wellbeing Cities” aims to highlight and promote global initiatives to give rise to the wellbeing movement, bringing together all urban players (public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors).

2020 Forum

On September 15-17, 2020, more than 1,300 participants from over 90 countries joined us for our three-day, all-virtual program. This second edition of our flagship event connected our expansive network of local and international mayors, city leaders, corporate executives, and experts from non profits and academia, all committed to advancing urban wellbeing.

Our experts and guests weighed in on issues such as Civic Engagement, Housing for Health, Climate Migration, Resilience in Cities, Urban Biodiversity, Smart Cities, Equitable Mobility Future, and more.


[Full Playlist] Panels, keynotes, and workshops

Program             Speakers

2020 Award

The 2020 Wellbeing Cities Award laureates were recognized on September 15, 2020. Leaders of the five winning cities presented their initiatives in the distinct categories: integrating nature and biodiversity; planning for better urban health; building a vibrant urban economy; supporting cohesive communities; and prioritizing wellbeing.

[Full Playlist] 2020 Laureates: Buenos Aires, Bordeaux, Curitiba, New York City, Curridabat.

Full list of the 2020 Finalists

The Declaration of Montreal on Wellbeing in Cities 

On September 15, 2020, during the second edition of the Wellbeing Cities Forum, NewCities and the City of Montréal introduced the Declaration on Wellbeing in Cities.

We call on cities, local governments, corporations, nonprofits, academic institutions, and urban experts committed to advancing urban wellbeing to endorse the Declaration to show their ongoing commitment.


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