World Cities Summit

June 2-4, 2024

Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Rejuvenate, Reinvent, Reimagine

Truly thriving cities are those which deliver on well-being for all in the city, and across generations. To continue doing so amidst the climactic, financial and societal stresses of our time, cities must continually evolve and adapt.

The biennial World Cities Summit (WCS) is an exclusive platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. 

Jointly organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, key highlights of the Summit include the WCS Mayors Forum, the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and the WCS Young Leaders Symposium.

WCS 2024 explores the opportunities and the how-to’s to achieve smart, resilient and regenerative cities now and in the future, cities with heart that deliver good quality of life for all. The Resilient Cities Network is a strategic partner of the Resilient and Regenerative Cities thematic track.

City Delegations

WCS delegates from our member cities:

Addis Ababa


Cape Town






New York City




Our Events

All times are in Singapore Standard Time (SGT).

Date & Time Event  Speakers Location

3 June,


Resilient & Regenerative Cities Plenary 1Cities play a crucial role in limiting greenhouse gas emissions from building and infrastructure systems. What are some steps that cities can take to overcome obstacles and accelerate the transition to a more resilient future?

Keynote: H.E Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Special Envoy for Sustainable Urbanisation, Malaysia

Moderator: Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network

• Alderman Geordin Hill-Lewis, Executive Mayor, Cape Town
• Rohit T. Aggarwala, Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection,
New York City Chief Climate Officer
• Barbara Norman, Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra
• Jerome Frost, Global Chair, Arup

Hall 405B


3 June,


Future Ready Cities: Advancing resilience through urban digital transformation Cities that take a coordinated approach to digitalization and resilience building are better placed to make progress at speed and scale, while withstanding the concurrent urban challenges of today’s reality. The session will highlight findings from a new study produced by Resilient Cities Network and Visa as part of the Future Ready Cities initiative, showcasing how city governments around the world are coordinating digital and resilience strategies that catalyze context-driven progress.  

Moderator: Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network

• Hugh Cole, Director, Policy and Strategy, City of Cape Town
Councillor Susan Aitken, City Leader, City of Glasgow 
• Dr. Tanya Filer, CEO and Founder, State Up
• Azrin Azlina Anuar, Head of Visa Government Solutions, Asia Pacific 



3 June,


Resilient & Regenerative Cities Plenary 2 Regenerative design moves beyond the standard of green and sustainable practices, and embodies the concept of 'giving back more than it takes' Can cities embrace this ethos and related principles in their planning and governance to promote resource sufficiency, human well-being, and the stewardship of natural ecosystems?

Moderator: Yvonne Soh, Executive Director, Singapore Green Building Council

His Excellency Adanech Abebe, Mayor, Addis Ababa
Kon Vatskalis, Lord Mayor, Darwin
Dr Winston Chow, Co-Chair, Working Group II, IPCC, Professor of Urban Climate, Singapore Management University
Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40
Tan Wooi Leong, Senior Executive Director, Global Energy, Infrastructure + Energy, Surbana Jurong Group

Hall 405B



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