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Resilient and Regenerative Cities

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How can cities lead climate actions towards 2050, and what lies beyond?

The world is on a critical path towards limiting warming to 1.5°C while facing climate tipping points and major disruptions. With cities accounting for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, cities play a key role in climate actions. It is vital for cities to lead with resilient and regenerative approaches, taking in account low-carbon transition, nature, well-being and community involvement.

Plenary I: How do cities adapt and thrive in an era of climate emergency?

Cities play a crucial role in limiting greenhouse gas emissions from building and infrastructure systems. What are some steps that cities can take to overcome obstacles and accelerate the transition to a more resilient future?


HE Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Special Envoy for Sustainable Urbanisation, Malaysia


Lauren Sorkin
Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network


Alderman Geordin Hill-Lewis
Executive Mayor, Cape Town
Tran Phuoc Anh
Director-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ho Chi Minh City
Rohit T. Aggarwala
Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection,
New York City Chief Climate Officer
Barbara Norman
Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra
Jerome Frost
Global Chair, Arup

Plenary II: How do cities accelerate towards urban regeneration in harmony with nature?

Regenerative design moves beyond the standard of green and sustainable practices, and embodies the concept of 'giving back more than it takes'. To achieve a regenerative future requires reimagining infrastructure, including nature-based solutions and energy systems, to rethink how we live, work and play. Can cities embrace this ethos and related principles in their planning and governance to promote resource sufficiency, human well-being, and the stewardship of natural ecosystems?


Yvonne Soh
Executive Director, Singapore Green Building Council


Kon Vatskalis
Lord Mayor, Darwin
Dr Winston Chow
Co-Chair, Working Group II, IPCC, Professor of Urban Climate,
Singapore Management University
Mark Watts
Executive Director, C40
Tan Wooi Leong
Senior Executive Director, Global Energy, Infrastructure + Energy,
Surbana Jurong Group

Track Sessions

These are deep dives within each thematic track, featuring panel discussions, special convening sessions and roundtables.

Resilient & Regenerative Cities – Nature in the City: Fostering Well-being and Resilience

(led by the National Parks Board, Singapore)

Urban nature is increasingly recognised as an important element for enhancing health, well-being, and social resilience in cities. This session brings together city leaders, practitioners, and experts to explore the transformative potential of urban nature and greenery in fostering healthier and more resilient cities. Through real-world examples and illuminating research, the session seeks to showcase innovative strategies to integrate green infrastructure and nature into city planning and design, as well as to engender greater conversation on how we can advance nature-based solutions to promote public health and well-being outcomes in cities.


Lim Liang Jim
Group Director of the Conservation Division, National Parks Board


Chief Councillor Susan Aitken
Leader of the Council, Glasgow
Laurie Foon
Deputy Mayor, Wellington
Sophianne Araib
Group Director, Horticulture & Community Division, National Parks Board
Dr Mat White
Senior Scientist at the Vienna CogSciHub, University of Vienna

Resilient and Regenerative Cities - Resilience in the face of Coastal Risks

(led by the PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency)

Given the increasing awareness of climate change, cities all over the world are taking steps to mitigate risks and adapt to the changing climate. Focusing on coastal protection, the session will share insights and lessons learnt from the strategies and measures each city has adopted to enhance its resilience against sea level rise and other coastal risks.


Professor Yong Kwet Yew
Chairman, PUB's Coastal Protection Expert Panel


Vincent Karremans
Vice Mayor, Rotterdam
Sri Haryati
Undersecretary for Economic and Finance, Jakarta
Narinder Nayer
Chairman, Mumbai First

The 6th Singapore-Shanghai Dialogue on Urban Governance: Planning for Healthy and Regenerative Cities

Cities are where people gather and thrive. A good city must prioritise healthy longevity and quality of life.

Likewise globally, Singaporeans are living longer. Longer lifespan is more meaningful if it is spent in good health. Singapore adjusts and adapts continuously to prepare for an ageing population, to ensure the inclusivity of our townships for all.

Envisioned as a “people’s city”, Shanghai has implemented place-based approaches to foster low-carbon and healthy lifestyle through urban renewal and governance. Low-carbon urban renewal is integral to achieving public health and carbon emissions’ reduction. Cities must regenerate towards green development such as creating new community spaces and retrofitting existing buildings, to achieve healthy and sustainable living.

Opening Address

Low Yen Ling
Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry and
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Chen Yu Jian
Vice Mayor, Shanghai


Zhang Yonggang
Deputy Director-General,
Municipal Commission of Housing, Urban-Rural Development and Management
Dr Wen Daxiang,
Director-General, Shanghai Municipal Health Commission and
Director-General of Shanghai Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr Tan Weng Mooi
Director/Lead (Integrated Health Promotion), MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation
Patrick Yap
Director, RSP Architects