Pune named Economy and Opportunity Laureate for 2019 Wellbeing City Award

Pune named Economy and Opportunity Laureate for 2019 Wellbeing City Award

  • Pune, India has been named a 2019 Wellbeing City Award Laureate in the Economy and Opportunity category. The Wellbeing City Award is the first global award recognizing city-led action on urban wellbeing.

  • The Laureate Cities will be honoured at the Wellbeing Cities Forum in Montréal on June 19, 2019.

Montréal, Canada – May 22, 2019. NewCities, together with partners Novartis Foundation, Novartis US Foundation, and the City of Montréal, has announced Pune, India as the Economy and Opportunity Laureate for the 2019 Wellbeing City Award.

The prestigious Wellbeing City Award is the first international initiative to recognize and honour city governments placing wellbeing at the center of urban planning and policymaking.

The City of Pune has been selected for the Lighthouses project. The project has been designed to empower and upskill disadvantaged younger people so they can pursue a meaningful career.

There are currently five Lighthouse operations that have seen more than 6,500 youths are enrolled in the light house. 3800 students have completed programs involving mentoring, coaching, and skills training. More than 2000 are now in employment. The City of Pune have plans to double the number of operations within the next two years.

Hon’ble Mayor Ms. Mukta Tilak, Mayor of the City of Pune, said: “We are honored to receive the Award. By fostering agency, workplace competencies, and skills in youth, the Lighthouse unleashes social and economic transformation in the communities that the youth come from.

We are very thankful to NewCities for this tremendous acknowledgement and hope to take the program to new heights with this encouragement.”

John Rossant, NewCities Founder and Chair, said: “To truly thrive, cities must become ecosystems for wellbeing through their planning, policies, and initiatives.

Our Jury of Experts was delighted to see this very commitment from the City of Pune through the Lighthouse of Pune program. This program is providing ways to improve wellbeing for the long term by unleashing social and economic transformation for its citizens. Congratulations to the City of Pune!”

More than 100 cities from 27 countries were considered in the first year of the Award. The finalist applications were reviewed by an esteemed Jury of Experts including Arianna Huffington, Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, and Daniel Libeskind.

Four other cities have been announced in the Award categories: Santa Monica, USA (Community); Kigali, Rwanda (Public Health); Lisbon, Portugal (Sustainable Environment); and Milan, Italy (2019 Wellbeing City).

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.

A formal ceremony acknowledging the Wellbeing City Laureates will be held at The Wellbeing Cities Forum in Montréal on June 19 and 20, 2019.

For more information about the Award and Laureate Cities, including an editorial by Mayor Tilak, visit www.newcities.org/wellbeingcity-award.

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