World Cities Summit 2016 Offers Solutions for Liveable and Sustainable Cities

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CDIA-ADB Program Manager Joris van Etten participated in the recently concluded World Cities Summit (WCS) held in Singapore from 10-14 July 2016.

With the theme, “Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities of Opportunity,” the summit brought together more than 1,000 delegates from various cities around the world – allowing government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships.

In particular, the WCS 2016 explored how cities can plan and govern better to serve their residents; and build up resilience through policy, technology and social innovations. Their active engagement has likewise produced more opportunities for the public, private and other sectors to co-create innovative and integrated solutions for a more liveable and sustainable future. Key thematic tracks this year included: Mayors Taking Charge; Can We Make the Cities We Want, Building Resilient Cities and Communities; and Innovative Solutions for Smart Cities.

In various sessions, financing of urban infrastructure was discussed; as well as the important role of project development support such as the ones provided by CDIA. ADB Vice President Bambang Susantono even mentioned CDIA during his final plenary address.

Meanwhile, from the Summit, Urban Development Consultant Renard Teipelke provided some insights for cities to consider. Click here to read his blog titled, “Ten Take-Aways from the World Cities Summit 2016.”

This year’s summit was held in conjunction with the Singapore International Water Week, the Clean Enviro Summit, and the City Solutions Expo – bringing the total number of visitors to almost 20,000.

Click here to view some highlights from the World Cities Summit 2016.

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