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Three Events in Singapore to Drive Sharing of Solutions for Sustainable Cities of the Future

(From left to right) Chew Men Leong, chief executive, PUB;  Khoo Teng Chye, executive director, Centre for Liveable Cities;
and Ronnie Tay, chief executive officer, National Environment Agency.

Government and industry leaders will come together at the World Cities Summit (WCS), Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) to share and co-create solutions with an integrated approach to urban sustainability. The shows will be jointly held from 1 to 5 June 2014 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Over 20,000 high-level delegates are expected to attend, including ministers, mayors, government and industry leaders, representatives of international organisations, and academics. The involvement of key stakeholders across the spectrum of urban planning, water planning and waste management is critical, given the new and complex challenges facing cities around the world.

Highlighting the need for an integrated approach to urban planning, Khoo Teng Chye, executive director of the Centre for Liveable Cities said: “The interconnected nature of sustainable development calls for going beyond borders, both geographical and disciplinary, to coordinate strategies and make good decisions that benefit citizens. Problems are rarely contained within predefined jurisdictions such as one government agency or a single neighbourhood. This is a lesson that Singapore has learnt on its journey to urban sustainability. The WCS, SIWW and CESS demonstrate global thought leadership for a more holistic and sustainable approach to city planning.”

Ronnie Tay, chief executive officer of Singapore’s National Environmental Agency said, “As cities grow rapidly, business activity and consumption patterns drive up waste volumes. The World Bank has anticipated that by 2025, 4.3 billion urban residents will be generating about 1.42 kg/capita/day of municipal solid waste, making up an estimated total of 2.2 billion tonnes per year. Hence, many cities face the challenge of building a clean and liveable environment, and acquiring sustainable environmental solutions.”

Key highlights
Themed Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Common Challenges, Shared Solutions, the 4th World Cities Summit will see more than 100 speakers share their expertise and insights at the summit. Highlights include the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, World Cities Summit Mayors Forum, World Cities Summit Young Leaders, plenary sessions, thematic tracks, in-focus forums, and site visits.

The 2nd CleanEnviro Summit Singapore will feature discussions on four themes, namely Charting a Sustainable Path: Opportunities and Potential for Asia; Best Practices for Clean Cities; Smart Solutions for Resource Efficient Waste Management; and Sustaining the Future of Cleaning. It will serve as a platform for sharing the latest thinking behind environmental policies, market trends and technological innovations through the following programmes: Clean Environment Leaders Summit, Clean Environment Leaders Plenary, Clean Environment Regulators Roundtable, Clean Environment Convention, and WasteMET Asia and CleanMET Asia exhibitions.

Lastly, the 6th Singapore International Water Week will deliver a range of flagship programmes where global water industry players share the latest in business and technological innovations. These programmes include the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, Water Leaders Summit, Water Convention, Water Expo, Industrial Water Solutions Forum, TechXchange, Hydro-gen, business forums, and several co-located events.

For more information, visit www.worldcitiessummit.com.sg, www.siww.com.sg and www.cleanenvirosummit.sg.




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