Opening Plenary
Shaping our Cities, Water and Environment for a Liveable and Sustainable Future

By 2040, two-thirds of the global population would be living in urban areas. Whilst cities, are engines of growth, for many countries, the increased concentration of industrial, transport and agricultural activities places enormous pressures on urban environments and their hinterlands. Existing infrastructure for water, sanitation and housing is strained and environmental problems are exacerbated.

With rising expectations of public service delivery and demand from citizens for a liveable and sustainable city, good leadership and governance are critical to achieve a clean environment, ensure the supply of clean, affordable drinking water, safe sanitation for all, and build urban resilience through climate-change adaptation and mitigation measures.

At the Opening Plenary, high-level speakers from government, industry and international organisation sectors will share insights on cross-disciplinary urban policy and governance issues, highlighting the new challenges in the respective roles of city officials, business leaders, and civil society in co-creating liveable and sustainable cities.

The Opening Plenary is held jointly by World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.

Plenary Moderator:

Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore


Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, China

Angel Gurría, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Sri Lanka

Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan, Chairman, UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board (UNSGAB) on Water

Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands

Kirsten Brosbol, Danish Minister of the Environment

Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE

Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Jean-Louis Chaussade, Chief Executive Officer, Suez Environnement Company

Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, Singapore