(Singapore, October 14, 2020)- The Resilient Cities Network convened a virtual launch and networking event this week, bringing together global leaders in infrastructure development and urban resilience to connect and identify opportunities to support global resilience work, and look for collaboration and investment opportunities in support of addressing the issues in Singapore arising from rapid urbanization and climate change.
Lauren Sorkin, Resilient Cities Network Executive Director, Grainia Long, Resilient Cities Network Steering Committee Co-chair and Resilient Belfast’s Commissioner for Resilience, and Naina Batra, member of the Resilient Cities Network Board of Directors and CEO of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), welcomed representatives from partner entities including Dino Tan, Vice President, (International Organisations Programme Office), Singapore Economic Development Board, Yibin Chu, Citi’s Regional Head of Corporate Citizenship Asia Pacific, Francis Ghesquiere, Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management Practice Manager at The World Bank’s East Asia Pacific Region, Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) in Singapore, Hitesh Vaidya, Director of India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Neil Walmsley, Principal, Singapore Planning Leader, Arup.
“We are committed to helping cities work with partners in Singapore and elsewhere. Bringing together partners and expertise in cities to advance resilience is what we do best. We are finding new ways to follow sensible health precautions while fostering the kind of connections that lead to transformative outcomes for cities,” said Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network.
Attendees bring together an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise in confronting urban issues in innovative and sustainable ways, at both the local and global level, with backgrounds ranging from banking and finance to urban planning to disaster risk reduction to human-centered design.
“Resilient Cities Network’s presence will enhance Singapore’s ability to partner solution providers and financing partners in developing and deploying investable solutions for Asia. We look forward to collaborating with the Resilient Cities Network to grow Singapore as a hub for sustainable urban solutions,” said Mr. Dino Tan, Vice President, (International Organisations Programme Office), Singapore Economic Development Board.
After the plenary session, participants came together in networking breakout groups divided into three topics — Policy and Planning, Project Preparation and Implementation, and Investments — to discuss their work in Singapore and the region, and their interests in building resilience, sustainability, and climate change mitigation.
“A resilient city will not just recover after a disruption or shock, but can emerge even stronger than before. To do so, building resilience needs to be underpinned by important principles of integrated, long-term planning; and good urban governance, while in close collaboration with stakeholders locally and abroad. That’s what we need as we re-think our approach to governing, planning and building our city in a post-COVID-19 world, amidst the challenges posed by climate change,” said Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director, Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Singapore
Climate change and risk reduction and adaptation are crucial topics for cities, and just as much so for The World Bank and international banking industries.
“In India, NIUA, with support from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, has initiated perhaps one of the largest national movements towards building local climate action with 139 cities covering a population of more than 160 million. Through this convening, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome partners to join hands with us and we would be glad to share our learnings with the network,” said Mr Hitesh Vaidya, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, India.
About Resilient Cities Network
Resilient Cities Network is a global city-led nonprofit organization that brings together knowledge, practice, partnerships, and funding to empower cities to help them build a safe, equitable, and sustainable future for all. The Network integrates the combined effort of urban practitioners, city governments, and communities in a collective, comprehensive, and well-coordinated call-to-action to deliver urban impact-driven resilience solutions.