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Focus on young leaders in cities summit

Published on Apr 16, 2014 2:54 PM

Young leaders will share the spotlight with industry veterans when Singapore hosts the World Cities Summit (WCS), Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore once again in June.

The three biennial events, which will be jointly held from June 1 to 5 at Marina Bay Sands, encourage governments and industry to share and create solutions that promote urban sustainability.

Chew Men Leong, chief executive of PUB, said: “I think it’s a very natural part of the development of these forums that we actually involve the next generation, developing them, and giving them opportunities to discuss issues of great concern.”

SIWW and WCS will have new programmes targeted specifically at young leaders, mostly under 45 years old.

SIWW has announced “Hydro-gen”, which includes activities such as a “HydroPreneur” programme and a Young Water Leaders Summit, to develop future talent for the water industry.

The WCS will also have its inaugural Young Leaders Symposium, where more than 50 young leaders from governments, industry and academia will gather to shape urban development agendas.

The executive director of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Khoo Teng Chye, said that it’s important for young people to be involved, as solutions discussed now will impact the world in future.

“We do want to see a new group of people, with fresh ideas and solutions to be heard and visible, and I think this will be a great opportunity for them to network with the other more mature leaders,” he said.

More than 19,000 people from around 100 countries and 200 cities attended the events in 2012.

The organisers expect some 20,000 delegates, including ministers, mayors and academics, to attend this year.

Speakers will tackle issues ranging from urban planning, water planning and waste management.

Notable delegates this year include Helen Clark, chair of UN Development Group, Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and China’s water resources minister, Chen Lei.

This article was first published in The Business Times on April 16, 2014