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2021 Wellbeing Cities



The Wellbeing Cities initiative celebrates cities around the world transforming urban life by placing wellbeing at the heart of their policy and planning. Since 2018, the Wellbeing Cities Award has recognized more than 40 cities on all five continents and  gathered more than 1,500 global leaders and urban experts from all sectors online and in our Host City, Montreal, to move the discussion of wellbeing forward.

Our Wellbeing Cities initiative offers a program packed with podcasts, webinars, and keynotes with experts and city leaders. 


Avec le soutien du Gouvernement du Québec | With the support of the Gouvernement du Québec 

La ville de Montréal, partenaire Mieux vivre en ville 2021 | The City of Montréal, partner of the 2021 Wellbeing Cities Initiative

Listen to Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante's introduction of this year's Wellbeing Cities edition and her vision of urban wellbeing, plus learn from our finalist Mayors as they present their initiatives!


Bogotá, Colombia 

District Care System

Bogotá promotes a new social and environmental contract, that focuses on closing inequality gaps, prioritizing population groups that have traditionally been the most vulnerable: women, poor households, and youngsters, and accelerating the implementation of SDG’s, to make Bogotá a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable city.


Chennai, India


This initiative promotes active mobility through evidence-based decision-making & citizen engagement to create a healthy and vibrant city.

Ramallah, Palestine

Forum of Expertise

Ramallah has been able to become a model city in Palestine and the region earned by its resilience in dealing with difficult political situations, environmental and health stresses. The Forum of Expertise is an initiative focusing on the health and wellbeing of senior citizens providing a number of intellectual, educational, social and cultural programs. 

Strasbourg, France

Sport in Favor of Inclusion & Citizenship for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Strasbourg is convinced that sport is a universal language that can significantly contribute to living together. Investing in sport allows exchanges between refugees and the local residents and thus helps to resolve tensions linked to social mixing through intercultural dialogue and understanding of the social codes of the society of residence.

Vancouver, Canada

Places for People - Downtown Vancouver

As the first Places for People project, the Downtown Public Space Strategy demonstrates how to address challenges in our city concerning climate, affordability, equity, reconciliation, the overdose crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It establishes a 30-year vision for a complete public space and public life network that promotes the downtown as a place for all people to enjoy and participate.


Vera Baboun

Former Mayor of Bethlehem

Kobie Brand

Global Director, ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center and Regional Director, ICLEI Africa

Dan Hill

Director of Strategic Design,

Dr. Kalpana Viswanath

Practitioner of 
 Gender Inclusive Urbanisation & CEO of Safetipin

Parag Khanna

Managing Partner,

Charles Montgomery

Founding Principal,
Happy City