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World leaders gather in Singapore to discuss urban sustainability issues

Right now the ‘IFHP Travel Squad’ is on their way to World Cities Summit in Singapore. The IFHP Travel Squad is set to report from Singapore from July 1-4 and will recap the key issues discussed at the summit.

The third World Cities Summit in Singapore opens on Monday July 1st, and this year’s theme is "Liveable & Sustainable Cities – Integrated Urban Solutions”. It is the first Summit to be held in conjunction with two other energy and climate related events: the official Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS). This threefold of activities taking place in Singapore at the same time will hopefully support not only this year’s Summit, but also present Singapore as a 'model city', that has the capability of generating growth and prosperity through integrated planning solutions and management of as well environmental, waste, and water issues.

 

Co-organized by the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in Singapore, the WCS is responsible of facilitating case-based workshops and sessions in best practices among cities. CLC is one of the most influential institutions in the city and URA is Singapore's national land use planning and conservation authority, and has successfully transformed Singapore into one of the most livable cities in Asia through strategic planning and innovative urban design.

The impressive list of key note speakers at this year’s Summit include some of the world’s most influential city and business leaders and politicians such as India’s Minister of Urban Development, and Dr. Roland Busch, CEO of Infrastructure & Cities, Siemens AG. High-level experts, leading academics, practitioners, theorists as well as representatives of international organizations such as KPMG, IBM, Keppel, Harvard Business School, the World Bank and the World Health Organization, just to mention some of them.

The IFHP Travel Squad is on-site' reporting from the opening ceremony to 'In-Focus' sessions, which offers a networking platform between government leaders of emerging economies and industry leaders on a national and regional level. The IFHP Travel Squad will also cover key sessions and site visits to a selection of the most innovative and impressive projects in the city center and marina area. Based on research, interviews, series of pictures, and 'ad hoc' comments and insights from speakers and delegates, the IFHP Travel Squad aim at bringing a daily dose of WCS-news to you via the official IFHP Blog and Sustainable Cities™ Blog.

The Summit will undoubtedly be interesting - new partnerships for green economic growth might be built and new projects revealed. So stay tuned for the latest news from Singapore brought directly to you by the IFHP Travel Squad.

The IFHP Travel Squad in Singapore:

Signe Cecilie Jochumsen, Project Officer, The Danish Architecture Centre scj@dac.dk

Søren Smidt-Jensen, PhD, Senior Project Manager, The Danish Architecture Centre ssj@dac.dk