World Cities Summit
Held from 10 to 14 July, the fifth edition of the WCS, together with Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS), was attended by more than 21,000 visitors and participants including ministers, mayors, government officials, industry leaders and experts, academics, as well as representatives from international organisations. This year, besides established tracks on urban governance and long-term planning and development, WCS also provided a platform for discussions on the softer aspects of a sustainable and liveable city—community and culture—particularly on how heritage and culture can
The next WCS will be held from 8 to 12 July 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore, and will continue to be co-located with the SIWW and CESS. The WCS Mayors Forum 2017 will be held in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
Singapore International Water Week
Some of the significant announcements made at this year’s SIWW included:
• Call for upcoming tenders for the design and construction of Singapore’s Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2 and the Integrated Waste Management Facility; the design and construction of DTSS Phase 2 is estimated to cost S$6.5 billion;
The Water Leaders Summit played host to over 500 water leaders from the government, utilities, international organisations, academia and private companies, including 14 water-related ministers, water utility leaders from every continent and CEOs of the world’s biggest water companies.
“This year’s SIWW saw more discussions elevating the water agenda for cities, enhancing collaborations between the public and private sectors, and the use of next-generation technologies for the future of water,” said Bernard Tan, managing director of SIWW. “The high value and wide-ranging announcements cement SIWW’s value proposition as a global platform for business matchmaking, practical solutions and innovative technologies.”
More than 100 co-located events were organised on the sidelines of SIWW. Highlights included the inaugural high-level ASEAN Plus Three Water Ministers Forum (APTWMF), where ministers shared the latest plans and developments of water resources management among APT countries. It facilitated the strengthening of cooperative efforts to improve overall water management
CleanEnviro Summit Singapore
“This year, the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore placed strong emphasis on conversations about driving economic growth and competitiveness by harnessing the power of smart technology and innovation. Salient concepts such as the circular economy and the importance of embedding sustainability in every step of the value chain were also widely discussed,” Dalson Chung,
This year, the Clean Environment Convention (CEC) focused on the need for the industry to come together to co-create smart solutions for sustainable waste management. Themed SMART Solutions for Growing Cities, the two-day convention focused on the vast potential of machine-to-machine communications and the importance of shaping mindsets to achieve a smart, skilled and sustainable industry. Featuring a plenary session and two separate tracks, the convention provided distinct perspectives from all