Amaravati, the nascent capital city topped the list of finalists in the Newcities Wellbeing City Award competition giving a major morale booster to the AP government. Globally renowned NGO – New Cities along with Novartis US Foundation and Novartis Foundation instituted this award. In its first edition, global completion is held to select the best city in the world. It aims to recognize the cities that place well-being at the center of urban policies, planning, and design.
Interestingly, in the opportunity and economic category, Amaravati is at the top among the four finalists. The remaining cities in the finalists’ list are Pune (India), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Chicago (USA).
As per an official release from New Cities, the competition’s winner will be announced in April. In September 2018, the process to pick the best city started and over 100 cities from 27 countries and 6 continents were considered.
Based on four segments which include economy and opportunity, Community, sustainable environment and Public Health, the finalist cities were categorized for the 2019 Wellbeing City Award. Under the economy and opportunity category, Amaravati was selected as one of the finalists for the Newcities Wellbeing City Award 2019.
Newcities Wellbeing City Award 2019 Finalists
Sixteen cities from 6 continents have been selected as finalists after scrutiny in all the 4 categories for the 2019 award. NewCities brought together a team of experts as the jury team which includes Daniel Libeskand, Arianna Huffington and Aisa Kirabo Kacyira to judge finalist cities’ applications as part of the final phase of the award. After a thorough screening, one overall 2019 Wellbeing City laureate and one laureate in each of the 4 categories will be announced. In the mid of 2019, a major award forum and ceremony will be held in Montreal.
With the main goal to improve the standard of urban life, cities will be judged based on the investments and activities that promote well-being. The reason for launching this award is to increase the mandate for & recognize cities that give importance to the well-being of its residents.