Shared vision of creating sustainability


More than 60 mayors and city leaders as well as 47 young leaders in Suzhou discussed how to embrace an innovative future despite today’s uncertainties.

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SUZHOU: The 8th edition of the World Cities Summit (WCS) Mayors Forum and Young Leaders Symposium was held in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, for 3 days. The Mayors Forum with the theme of “Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration” took place from May 17 to 19, 2017. Since its inauguration in 2008, it has a unifying theme. Jointly organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), key highlights of the Summit include the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, the annual World Cities Summit Mayors Forum and Young Leaders Symposium. Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a biennial international award that honours outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world.

The host city, Suzhou was represented by City Acting Mayor Li Yaping. Sessions over two days included “Advancements and Challenges of Cities: Planning and Governance” and “Curating the City: Heritage and Culture.” In his opening remarks, Singapore’s Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, Lawrence Wong who chaired the Forum, said, “The Mayors Forum was held in 2010 for the first time, and since then, year by year it has grown into an important and valuable network of mayors and city leaders gathered together to share our experiences and best practices, and learn from one another.”

He added, “Suzhou was the third city to be awarded the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, after Bilbao and New York. And today, we have more than 60 mayors and city leaders who have come to Suzhou, including as well, senior leaders of international organisations and many urban solutions companies.”

Almost 30 speakers highlighted the challenges and shared their best practices in the form of case studies. The Mayors Forum was attended by delegates like Nicholas You, Director of Global Partners and Programs Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation, Huang Yan, Vice Minister of Housing and Urban Rural Development, People’s Republic of China.

As the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate, Suzhou hosted mayors, city leaders, international organisations and industry leaders, who shared best practices and urban innovations that promote liveable and sustainable cities. Discussions continued from the deliberations of the 2016 Forum, focusing on policy, technology and sound innovations that will produce more opportunities for the public, private and people sectors. World Cities Summit Mayor Forum 2018 will be held in Singapore during July 8-12.