6th S3: Sustainability, Creating Assets for Global Competitiveness

6th S3: Sustainability, Creating Assets for Global Competitiveness

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In partnership with Singapore’s ministries, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), our Singapore university partners and our private sector collaborators, are organising the sixth annual Singapore Sustainability Symposium (S3) in Singapore on 8-10 May 2019. The symposium has become an international platform to support sustainability and urban solutions, and to highlight multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaborations that support the development of sustainable cities.

Our format and discussion process are organised around sessions representing the three key pillars of sustainability solutions: (Session One) Technology and Innovation; (Session Two) Laws and Governance; and (Session Three) Economics and Financial Incentives. Not only do all three pillars need to be engaged for sustainability solutions to succeed, but this session structure emphasizes the connections between disciplines, stakeholders, and topics.

The theme for the 2019 symposium is Sustainability, Creating Assets for Global Competitiveness, and was chosen to showcase how economic and innovation opportunities cut across all of a nation’s productive sectors and endeavours. A strict sustainability approach will allow cities to function at maximum resource efficiency, to create know-how which produces economic advantage and is in high demand internationally, and to experience the vibrancy brought about by a thorough inclusiveness. The formidable global competitiveness comes from integrating and understanding the complexity of multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder processes in banking and finance at many levels, management systems and consulting, new governance structures, technological development, digitalization for smart city solutions, and the capacity and know-how related to doing large scale infrastructure projects. Also key for success here are new approaches in governance, new institutional capacity, updated educational curricula at all levels, and effective civic engagement. In tackling sustainability, global cities, such as Singapore, are building a foundation of assets for their nation’s global competitiveness that will endure and remain valuable for generations to come.

S3 will begin on Wednesday evening (8 May) with an address by our Guest of Honour, followed by a round table discussion. The next two days (Thursday and Friday, 9-10 May) will follow a format with short speaker presentations (10-15 minutes each) followed by moderated discussions. Our local and international delegates represent many perspectives, from academia, government, the private sector, and civil society. The 2019 S3 will serve as early input to the Mayors’ Forum of the World Cities Summit (summer 2019).

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Scientific Advisory Board Members (2019)

Albert Chua Permanent Secretary of Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)
Alexander Zehnder Chair, Sustainable Earth Office, and Member, Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Anders KarlssonVice President, Strategic Alliances, Global Academic Relations, ELSEVIER, Japan
Chew Gek KhimExecutive Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited
Choi Shing Kwok Director, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)
Ernst Brugger Founding partner and the President of BHP – Brugger and Partners Ltd; Switzerland
Geoffrey West Distinguished Professor and Past President of Santa Fe Institute, USA
Heng Chye Kiang Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Isher Judge Ahluwalia Chair, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER); India
John Keung Kam Yin Chairman, BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings and Dean, BCA Academy
Khoo Teng Chye Executive Director of Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC)
Koh Kheng Lian Emeritus Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS), Honorary Director, APCEL
Lauren Sorkin Regional Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities
Peter Ho Hak Ean Senior Advisor of Centre for Strategic Futures, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Chairman of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
Phua Kok Khoo Founding Director Emeritus of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at NTU Singapore,
Chairman & CEO, World Scientific Publishing Company Pte Ltd
Serena Kao Founder & CEO of GoPurpose
Shi Nan, 石楠 Vice President and Secretary General of the Urban Planning Society of China; Vice Director of the National Steering Board for Planning Education, National Commission for Planning Education Accreditation and National Board for Certified Planner System
Simon Upton 4th Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and former Cabinet Minister, New Zealand
Stanley Yip Professor, Centre of Urban Planning & Design, Peking University, China; CEO/Director, NanRise Pte. Ltd.

Speakers Presentation Files (2019)

Mr. Armin AberleSolar revolution - towards a sustainable global energy system
Dr. Anders KarlssonSustainability, Creating Assets for Global Competitiveness - Three immediate challenges & Innovation Opportunities
Dr. Hiroshi KomiyamaTechnology and Innovation
Dr. Stanley YipThe 2018 China’s institutional reform on sustainable development governance: Why, How and (Then What)?
Mr. Paul MaguireWorld Leader in Zero-Carbon Transition
Mr. Reto RinggerDisruption ahead : Global competitiveness, assets and sustainability
Prof. Shane SnyderEnvironmental Sustainability in World’s Fastest Developing Regions: Challenges and Opportunities for Water & Waste Management
Ms. Esther AnChanging the Climate : Towards Future Value 2030 Goals

Mr. Tan Seng ChuanThe Role Of Private Sector In Sustainability Business Transformation In The Asia Region
Ms. Ylann SchemmElsevier, The Foundation and Sustainability

Snapshots of the Symposium