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'Leaders of tomorrow' to meet at global summits to solve future cities' problems

Published on Apr 15, 2014 5:21 PM

Two major global summits hosted by Singapore to tackle the problems growing cities face, such as climate change and resource shortage, will for the first time, host not only today's leaders but up and coming ones as well.

The World Cities Summit (WCS) and Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), which happen every two years and will be held from 1 to 5 June this year, will organise conferences for a hand-picked group of about 150 younger policymakers, academics and industry representatives under the age of 45. They will discuss how to "catalyse change" toward more sustainable, resilient cities.

Those invited include architect-engineer Carlo Ratti, director of the Singapore-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senseable City Lab, and managing director of the philantropic organisation World Future Foundation Lu Bo.

The United Nations estimates that more than five billion people, or six in 10 people, will live in cities by 2030.

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