Singapore hosts World Cities Summit to discuss sustainable cities

21:03, June 28, 2010      

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The World Cities Summit 2010 ( WSC 2010) and the Singapore International Water Week kicked off here on Monday with speakers from across the world to spearhead dialogue on liveable and sustainable cities for the future.

Scheduled on June 28 to July 1, the events will see some 15,000 attendees, including policy makers, industry leaders and academia, to engage in dialogue on leadership and governance issues, explore innovative solutions and formulate sound financing strategies.

At the joint official opening ceremony of the Singapore International Water Week and World Cities Summit, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense, Teo Chee Hean underscored the importance of ensuring the right balance between socio-economic growth and a vibrant, liveable environment to a city's sustainable development.

He said that the global challenges today are multi-faceted and more often than not require a coordinated response across borders. Urging cities to continue to share knowledge and experiences so that innovative and better solutions can be developed, Teo brought up three suggestions:

First, there should be more sharing of expertise between cities. The best learning can take place amongst cities that face common challenges. We hope to promote more peer-to-peer sharing of expertise and encourage collaborative projects.

Second, leveraging on global platforms, such as the Singapore International Water Week and World Cities Summit, to promote and facilitate the exchange of global best practices, new ideas and innovative technologies.

Third, urging governments and organizations around the world to give added emphasis and support to the research, development and test-bedding of solutions.

The WSC 2010 will feature a Ministerial Dialogue to discuss the vision for a liveable and vibrant city, as well as the priorities of a country or city in light of the recent economic crisis.

For the first time, there will also be a WCS Mayors' Forum at the summit, a strategic platform for leading mayors and governors from around the world to gather to share best practices and suggest solutions to the pressing urban needs facing their cities.

In conjunction with the WSC 2010, the Singapore International Water Week drives the global water agenda by bringing together the entire water value chain at its five flagship events and more than 100 co-located events. Themed "Sustainable Cities: Clean and Affordable Water," the Singapore International Water Week 2010 will focus on the need for efficiency and cost effective solutions to address water problems in a constantly changing environment.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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