2019 | First Edition

A Celebration of Wellbeing in Cities


In the summer of 2018, NewCities launched the first ever Wellbeing Cities Award, in partnership with the Novartis Foundation, the City of Montréal, and in collaboration with the Toyota Mobility Foundation, Transdev, and the U.S. Green Building Council.

More than 70 cities from 30 countries across 5 continents participated throughout the year. After a two-round selection process and out of 16 shortlisted finalists, our jury recognized Milan, Pune, Kigali, Lisbon, and Santa Monica were for their initiatives and for actively transforming urban life in the following categories:


Their success stories prove what can be achieved when cities focus on creating a better quality of life for the community.


In partnership with the City of Montréal and with the support of Mayor Valérie Plante, Wellbeing Cities 2019 was held in Montréal, Canada, on June 19-20 at the Centre des Sciences.

On top of the Wellbeing Cities finalists, 300 urban leaders showcased innovative and inspiring solutions from around the world. Delegates explored the best practices in city-led action to improve citizen wellbeing through workshops, panels, and debates.