The Italian city has been recognised for placing wellbeing at the centre of urban planning and policy, while four other cities are being honoured as Wellbeing Laureate Cities.
Milan is the recipient of the inaugural Wellbeing City Award, which recognises city-led action on urban wellbeing.
It is the first international initiative to recognise and honour city governments that are placing wellbeing at the heart of of urban planning and policy-making. More than 100 cities from 27 countries were considered for the award.
The annual Award has been developed by NewCities in partnership with the Novartis Foundation, the Novartis US Foundation, and in collaboration with the City of Montréal, Toyota Mobility Foundation, Transdev, and the US Green Building Council.
Milan was selected for its innovative civic crowdfunding project. In addition, four other cities have been announced as 2019 Wellbeing City Laureates within their categories:
Community: Santa Monica, USA for the Wellbeing Index
Economy and opportunity: Pune, India for The Lighthouse project
Public health: Kigali, Rwanda for the Kigali Car Free Day initiative
Sustainable environment: Lisbon, Portugal for the Pedestrian Accessibility Plan.
“The City of Milan is proud to be the Wellbeing City for 2019. Through the Civic Crowdfunding project we experimented an innovative way to implement 16 new projects with a high social impact for the community,” said Giuseppe Sala, mayor of Milan.
“These bottom-up initiatives have been co-financed by the municipality. They are increasing social cohesion and inclusiveness in different areas: from care services to regeneration of dismissed areas, and from sectors ranging from art to education.”
John Rossant, NewCities founder and chair, said that to truly thrive, cities must become “ecosystems for wellbeing” through their planning, policies, and initiatives.
“The initiatives are increasing social cohesion and inclusiveness in different areas: from care services to regeneration of dismissed areas, and from sectors ranging from art to education”
He added: “Older cities are being refashioned and recast as havens of wellbeing, while new cities are increasingly placing people’s wellbeing at the heart of their planning processes.
A formal ceremony acknowledging the Wellbeing City and the Laureates will be held at The Wellbeing Cities Forum in Montréal on 19-20 June.
Valérie Plante, mayor of the City of Montréal said: “I would like to congratulate the Laureate Cities of the Wellbeing City Award. Their innovative practices will certainly contribute to enrich our thinking on our citizens’ wellbeing.”
NewCities seeks the most progressive and innovative ideas to drive positive changes in cities large and small through events, research and urban innovation projects. The organisation works with leaders from business, government, academia, civil society, the media and the arts.
For more information about the Award and Laureate Cities, including editorials by the city mayors, visit www.newcities.org/wellbeingcity-award.
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