WCS, SIWW & CESS Develop 2016 Integration

June 24, 2016
Integration creates platform for dialogue

World Cities Summit (WCS), Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) are developing their 2016 integration. The integration will also incorporate the inaugural City Solutions Singapore expo. The 5th World Cities Summit, 7th Singapore International Water Week and 3rd CleanEnviro Summit Singapore will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands July 10 to 14.

The WCS, SIWW and CESS events provide a platform for dialogue. The events will also display practices for sustainable urban development, explore water and clean environment technologies and develop future leaders in sustainable urban development. In 2014, they attracted more than 20,000 participants from 133 countries and regions. 

“Rapid global urbanisation is making it increasingly complex and challenging to plan, build and maintain the cities in which we live,” said Khoo Teng Chye, joint spokesperson for WCS, SIWW and CESS and executive director of the Centre for Liveable Cities. “To make our cities better for people, we must create synergies across global dialogues, innovations and talent to deliver integrated urban solutions that form the foundation of healthy and resilient cities.”

Participants in the events include Tharman Shanmugaratnam, deputy prime minister and coordinating minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore; Han Seung-soo, United Nations secretary-general's special envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, special advisor to the High Level Panel on Water and former prime minister of the Republic of Korea; Charles O. Holliday, chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc; Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of the Board of Directors, Nestlé S.A.; and more.

“World Cities Summit 2016 is about innovative cities of opportunity and it aims to showcase cities that are models for liveability, with a focus on co-creation between public, private and people sectors to produce innovative solutions for sustainable development,” said Larry Ng, managing director of World Cities Summit. “The summit will also explore smart city innovations and the role of the ‘software’ of the city such as social resilience, community and culture in creating tomorrow’s livable cities.” 

The inaugural City Solutions Singapore expo will bring together companies and start-ups in the business of urban development, water, and waste and cleaning management to showcase solutions for smart nations and urban environments.

City Solutions Singapore includes group pavilions such as the Innovation Pavilion and Smart Water Solutions Showcase. New country pavilions to be featured this year include Turkey, Spain, Scotland and the EU Business Avenues in Southeast Asia. Additionally, the EU Business Avenues in Southeast Asia Pavilion will feature selected European small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) that will use the City Solutions Singapore as its inaugural platform to launch its business missions in this region. Venture capitalists can look forward to presentations and networking sessions with entrepreneurs such as Winnow Solutions, EcoWorth Tech, Envichem Technologies and more.

“The complexity of water issues across the world requires not only the latest technologies, but also a combination of best practices and innovative business models to address the unique set of challenges faced by different countries and cities,” said Bernard Tan, managing director of Singapore International Water Week. “City Solutions Singapore is a step in the right direction to bring together the cross-disciplinary technologies, innovations and best practices to achieve urban sustainability. Water is one of the most important ingredients for a truly liveable city, and the Singapore International Water Week will continue to be a leading global platform to facilitate and showcase integrated water solutions that can be harnessed and woven into urban planning for more resilient and sustainable cities of the future.”

CESS Innovation Pitch will also launch at City Solutions Singapore this year. The Innovation Pitch will feature 10 entrepreneurs and their technologies aimed at converting waste to resources and developing solutions for the environment. These include systems to reduce food waste, reduce energy consumption and save manpower, as well as processes to turn waste such as food, plastics, cellulosic material, metal sludge and ash residues into value-added products.

“The interplay between the circular economy of waste and the internet of things presents significant opportunities for the waste and cleaning industries to boost resource efficiency and bring about broader social benefits,” said Dalson Chung, managing director of CleanEnviro Summit Singapore. “With the next generation of environmental leaders, today’s industry captains have the scope to co-create practical environment solutions that can address future needs and strengthen the support infrastructure for commercialization."

Pictured left to right: Khoo Teng Chye, Larry Ng, Bernard Tan and Dalson Chung. 

Source: Hill+Knowlton Strategies

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