World Cities Summit 2018 will focus on future-ready cities, celebrating liveable, sustainable cities, and embracing technology, innovation and collaboration

The 6th edition of the biennial World Cities Summit (WCS), the leading global platform to drive and connect innovators in sustainable integrated urban solutions, will be returning this year from the 8th to the 12th of July at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre.

The event will be graced by government, city and industry leaders, as well as leading experts who will gather in Singapore to share learnings and address challenges and innovations for future-ready cities.

However, this year, WCS will be going beyond the themes of urban governance and liveable cities, instead embracing the future of cities through technology, innovation and collaboration. Themed Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration, the Summit will address the challenges in liveable and sustainable cities, and showcase integrated urban solutions as well as forge new partnership opportunities.

The Summit will play host to prominent high-level audiences, including Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore, and Ms Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank Group, among others.

“The World Cities Summit has turned out to be an international success story. We are honoured to usher in a coveted edition of World Cities Summit, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of Centre for Liveable Cities. WCS 2018 has exceeded even the most optimistic expectations in terms of city delegations, business groups, opinion leaders and city-makers. This year, we will be welcoming a record number of over 150 mayors and city leaders, the largest congregation of mayors and city leaders in WCS’ history. In addition, in line with Singapore holding the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2018, we will host a number of ASEAN events. There will also be a platform for start-ups to pitch innovations, which promises an enriching experience for attendees and exhibitors alike,” Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, said.

“Together with the two co-located events, Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS), the integrated event under the banner of WCS-SIWW-CESS is truly unique. Not only is it one of the biggest of its kind globally, it is also one of the most visited exhibition showcases on urban sustainability, bringing together three major global themes on one international platform for collaboration among key city stakeholders, multi-sector industry heavyweights, think-tanks and the public to share common urban challenges, solutions and best practices, business networking opportunities and provide leadership on urban governance. This year, there will also be 1,100 companies and 25 country pavilions featured at City Solutions Singapore, the integrated expo for WCS-SIWW-CESS.”