World Cities Summit opens in Singapore
28 June 2010 1329 hrs
SINGAPORE : The second biennial World Cities Summit (WCS) opens in Singapore Monday.
The event brings together leaders, professionals and experts, and provides a platform for important dialogues on issues of leadership and governance, building of sustainable and eco-friendly cities, and fostering of harmonious and sustainable communities.
There will also be a series of high-level Expert Panel Sessions for government representatives, policy makers and specific industry experts to discuss the challenges and solutions faced by cities around the world ranging from urban planning to climate change.
A Ministerial Dialogue will also be held 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.
This year's summit will also include the inaugural WCS Mayors' Forum to share best practices and suggest solutions to the pressing urban needs facing the cities.
The summit has attracted 25 ministers and 45 mayors & governors from 20 countries, including China and Australia.
A highlight will be the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize. It will be conferred on the Bilbao City Hall, Spain, in recognition of its integrated and holistic approach to urban transformation.
The WCS will be formally opened later Monday by Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean.
Martin Koh/ Sherry Tang