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Governments, city representatives, and industry leaders to attend The World Cities Summit 2018; will focus on future-ready cities

Governments, city representatives, and industry leaders from across the globe will be attending the biennial World Cities Summit (“WCS” or “the Summit”) which is returning this year from 8 to 12 July 2018 at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.

The World Cities Summit is an exclusive and premier platform for government leaders and industry experts to gather together and address the challenges faced in liveable and sustainable cities. They will also have the opportunity to share integrated urban solutions and build influential partnerships.

Jointly organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and Urban Redevelopment Authority, this year’s summit, entitled "Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration", will explore how cities can embrace the future through innovation and collaboration. Through a shared vision and social innovations, the public and private sectors including communities can co-create innovative and integrated urban solutions for the future. Key highlights of the Summit include the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and the Mayors Forum.

The Summit will be hosting high-level audiences, including Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore; Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister, Sri Lanka; Ms Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer, The World Bank Group; and Ms Stephanie Von Friedeburg, Chief Operating Officer, International Finance Corporation.

City Solutions Singapore (CSS) is the preferred global platform to showcase new and cutting-edge solutions for smart nations and urban environments. It will act as a catalyst for industries to pursue new partnerships and business opportunities with over 1,000 participating companies, making it an international marketplace of choice for stakeholders across the value chain of sustainable development. The Singapore Government Pavilion will showcase the shared vision and collaboration of this multi-agency effort. The pavilion’s seamless design symbolises the spirit of innovation, strategic planning, and collaboration – values which are fundamental to Singapore’s push for a high quality of life, competitive economy and sustainable environment.

A series of advanced sessions will provide strategic insights from various experts on the relationship between leadership and governance as well as the latest debate on liveability and sustainability. The four thematic tracks for 2018 are Urban Governance, Planning, Resilience, and Innovation. The focus will be on the major questions of financing cities, ensuring inclusivity in planning, governance for disruptive innovations, and building resilient cities.

Concurrent events like The Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition, will feature exhaustive information exchanges on transport solutions with a focus on digital technologies.

Similarly, The ASEAN Smart Cities Network, features a collaborative platform where ASEAN Member States work towards the common goal of developing smart and sustainable urban cities using technology to improve people's lives.

In addition to the key pillar events, the following new programme highlights have been incorporated into WCS 2018: the 6th Meeting of Governors and Mayors of ASEAN Capitals will occur on 7 July; the 4th ASEAN Mayors Forum will also be held on 7 July and, in accordance with the theme of the forum, “Smart and Sustainable Development for the ASEAN Community”, the forum will place particular importance on the ASEAN Connectivity Blueprint.

Finally, on 10 July, the City Innovators: Pitch Perfect – Bringing Your Innovation to the World Arena is scheduled to happen on 10 July and features a new pop-up platform for start-ups to pitch their latest innovative technologies and solutions to over 3,000 delegates, industry leaders, and potential investors, City Innovators will culminate with a networking opportunity at Industry Night at City Solutions Singapore Expo.

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