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World Cities Summit plenary sessions are platforms to gain strategic insights into leadership and governance and the latest thinking on urban liveability and sustainability. Speakers will include renowned global experts, city leaders, senior policy makers, business leaders and industry experts.
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By 2040, two-thirds of the global population would be living in urban areas. Cities, the world’s engines of growth, will experience increased concentration of industrial, transport and agricultural activities. This places enormous pressures on urban environments, their hinterlands, as well as existing water, sanitation and housing infrastructures. It is also exacerbating environmental problems and rapidly depleting the world’s natural resources. Changing climate patterns and extreme weather conditions further amplify the significant challenges we face over urban infrastructural needs, and water and sanitation resources. Moreover, ageing infrastructure, emerging water contaminants, and a more demanding customer base present new issues for decision-makers. 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 non-government/international organisation sectors will share insights on cross-disciplinary urban policy and governance issues, highlighting new challenges in the respective roles of city officials, business leaders and innovators, and civil society in co-creating liveable and sustainable cities.
The Opening Plenary is held jointly amongst World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore. Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore will chair the plenary.
World Cities Summit Plenary 1
Within the global urbanisation phenomenon, there is significant diversity in the urbanization progress and levels. While cities differ from each other in terms of contextual relations, lessons and solutions can be drawn from common urban challenges.
Plenary 1 features renowned urban leaders from diverse sectors, who will share their views on the key urban challenges and opportunities in the next 5-10 years.
World Cities Summit Plenary 2
Drawing upon the discussions over 1 – 3 Jun, top opinion leaders in the Plenary 2 will discuss and debate on the most urgent urban challenges to be addressed, viable leading technologies & solutions, and appropriate strategies & implementation methods to achieve liveable and sustainable cities of tomorrow.
Delegates will also glean insights on the potential featured projects across developing regions of China, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America/ Africa, which will be presented during In-Focus Forums in the following day.