C40 Observer City Singapore is playing a leadership role in addressing the future of sustainable cities. On July 1-4, 2012, Singapore will host the World Cities Summit (WCS), a biennial global event that brings together urban leaders and experts across sectors to exchange ideas, forge new partnerships and address cities’ unique problems and challenges.
With its theme “Liveable and Sustainable Cities – Integrated Urban Solutions”, this year’s Summit will for the first time be co-located with the 5th Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviroSummit Singapore, providing a wider and deeper platform for cities to forge sustainability strategies, and helping to foster a more holistic approach to urban planning, water and waste management today. Some 15,000 expert participants from around the world are expected to attend the cross-cutting events.
Explaining the focus on an integrated approach, Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities said:
“By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. This creates enormous pressure to ensure that infrastructure, housing, services and the environment are able to meet the needs of current and future generations. To tackle these pressures head-on, it is increasingly insufficient to address fundamental challenges on water, environment, waste and other components separately. What will now set cities apart is how they can creatively address these separate components together as a whole for sustainable growth and a better quality of life.”
The World Cities Summit will provide opportunities for dialogue and learning on a range of pressing topics including urban mobility; harnessing technology to improve efficiency; and the potential of public-private partnerships to drive investment in cities. Its centerpiece WCS Mayors Forum will focus on solutions to high-rise, high-density living in cities and draw an unprecedented representation of more than 70 mayors and governors from around the world. Another highlight of the Summit is the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, which this year has been awarded to New York City, home to C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
C40 is a supporting organization of the World Cities Summit 2012. For more information on the Summit, please click here.