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Source: World Bank Group, The / Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)
East Asia and Pacific Regional Launch of World Bank "Eco2 Cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities"

SIWW, Singapore, June 24, 2009 - (ACN Newswire) - Urbanization in developing countries is a defining feature of the 21st century. Some 90 percent of global urban growth now takes place in developing countries - and between the years 2000 and 2030, developing countries are projected to triple their entire built-up urban areas. This unprecedented urban expansion poses cities, nations and the international development community with a historic challenge and opportunity. It sets forth before us a once in a lifetime opportunity to plan, develop, build and manage cities that are simultaneously more ecologically and economically sustainable. We have a short time horizon within which to impact the trajectory of urbanization in a lasting and powerful way. The decisions we make together today, can lock-in systemic benefits for the present and for future generations.

Date:  26 June 2009
Time:  8:30am to 11:30am
Venue: Holiday Inn Atrium, Singapore
       317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075

"Eco2 Cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities" is a new initiative launched by the World Bank in order to respond to this challenge. Its objective is to help cities in developing countries achieve greater ecological and economic sustainability.

Singapore has been selected as one of the global best practice cities of the Eco2 program, because of its sound sustainable urban development policies and rich experience; and because it shows how a city can enhance economic productivity and growth, while minimizing ecological impacts and maximizing the efficiency of resource use.

We invite media to attend the World Bank panel presentation on the Eco2 program to learn more about its global implications, and the lessons learned from the Singapore experience.

Kindly RSVP with Mr. Henry Lim by Tuesday, June 23, at (65) 9822 5088 or sipsginfo@gmail.com

Contact:
Elisabeth Mealey in Washington DC, 1-202-458-4475
emealey@worldbank.org

Tina Taheri in Singapore, 65-6501-5519
ttaheri@worldbank.org


Topic: Corporate Announcement
Source: World Bank Group, The / Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

Sectors: Water, Environment
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