SG Sustainability Symposium '18


Date: Wednesday, 2 May to Friday, 4 May

Time: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Venue: Grand Hyatt Singapore

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This is a FREE event. 

In partnership with Singapore's Ministries, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), our Singapore university partners and our private sector collaborators, are organising the fifth annual Singapore Sustainability Symposium (S3) in Singapore on 2-4 May 2018. The symposium has become an international platform to support sustainability and urban solutions, and highlight multidisciplinary and multistakeholder collaborations that support 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 also emphasizes the connections between disciplines, stakeholders, and topics.

The title of the 2018 symposium, Incentives and Motivation for Sustainability, is meant to focus S3 on innovative and effective ways to: (i) align economic and productive capacity within ecological and planetary boundaries; (ii) correct market failures by removing counterproductive subsidies, and by supporting important public and infrastructure projects; (iii) create or strengthen markets for sustainability products and solutions; (iv) nudge consumer and citizen behaviour; (v) improve participation rates in social sustainability projects and recycling programmes; and (vi) improve technology development that's both place and culture appropriate. There is also a need here for both speed and scale from all our institutional, policy, economic, and legal incentives. It's the next 30 years that matter most to avoid worst case climate change scenarios, permanent species losses, and many other irreversible cases of ecological collapse. We want to discuss how we will engage incentives and the three pillars of sustainability to meet these critical timeframes for both global sustainability solutions and for addressing critical challenges for cities.

S3 will begin on Wednesday evening (2 May) with an address by our Guest of Honour, followed by a round table discussion. The next two days (Thursday and Friday, 3-4 May) will follow a format similar to prior years: short speaker presentations (10-15 minutes each) followed by a moderated discussion to create an interactive and generative dialogue. Our local and international delegates represent many perspectives, drawn from academia, government, the private sector, and civil society. This year's S3 will again serve as early input to the World Cities Summit and Mayors Forum (Singapore, 8-12 July 2018).