Tharman: Global society should help solve issues

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam officiated the start of the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.
Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam officiated the start of the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore. PHOTO: WORLD CITIES SUMMIT, SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL WATER WEEK, CLEANENVIRO SUMMIT SINGAPORE

The developing world may bear the brunt of a multitude of challenges, but it is the responsibility of the global community to help them solve these problems, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said yesterday.

Speaking at the opening of three sustainability events, he highlighted the importance of innovation in solving these challenges. Singapore, for example, is trying to overcome land and natural resource constraints by planning a plant in Tuas that combines waste management and used water treatment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Tharman: Global society should help solve issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe