World Cities Summit 2022 (Virtual)

10 - 31 Aug, 2022

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World Cities Summit 2022 Virtual

Delayed Telecast and Virtual Programme: A telecast of the physical World Cities Summit 2022 programme (31 July - 2 Aug 2022) will be broadcast via our virtual conference platform from 10 Aug – 19 Aug 2022, along with original curated virtual content such as Special Addresses, Spotlights, Virtual Site Visits and Virtual Partner Events. Please note that attendees who have already registered or attended for the in-person World Cities Summit 2022 are automatically registered for the virtual platform and do not need to register again.


OVERVIEW

How do cities remain liveable, sustainable, and more resilient in these trying, unsettling times of pandemic and climate change? 

WCS 2022 seeks to address this with its theme of Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Emerging Stronger. The Summit is a convening point for global mayors, business leaders and knowledge experts to exchange and co-create city solutions for liveable and sustainable cities, and will engage cities, businesses and experts at the highest levels to discuss how cities can emerge stronger through prolonged and unpredictable disruptions. 

The 8th edition of WCS was held in person from 31 July - 2 August 2022. The 4-day event featured key plenaries and tracks, and other events such as the Lee Kuan Yew World Prize Lecture, Award Ceremony and Banquet, WCS Mayors Forum, WCS Young Leaders Symposium, and an expo. 

This year, the Summit also featured the inaugural WCS Smart Cities Workshop, following the success of the virtual edition in 2021. WCS sessions, networking, physically co-located events and partner events will also take place at the Summit, organised by partners and sponsors.

Through the plenaries and tracks of the main conference, delegates will engage with the theme of how cities can emerge stronger from contemporary disruptions across five tracks: Sustainable Financing, Smart Cities, Development and Planning, Urban Resilience and Liveable Future Cities.

For more details, please read our conference Concept Note here.

WCS 2018: Key statistics

WCS 2018 saw the attendance of 133 mayors and city leaders from 128 cities, and the signing of 16 Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and agreements. Over 1,800 senior level delegates attended the event from the government (50%), industry (34%), IO & NGO (8%) and academia (8%); across Asia (80.7%), Europe (8.6%), Oceania (3.3%), North America (2.8%), Africa (2.6%), Middle East (1.5%), and Latin America (0.5%).

The event received global media coverage, at an Advertising Value Equivalent (AVE) of S$10.5 million. 70% of the reports were published on international media platforms, 60% of the media coverage featured mayors and speakers, and 17% of media coverage featured WCS sponsors and MOU signings. In addition, our hashtag #WCSSG2018 was trending on Twitter.

WCS 2021: Key statistics

WCS 2021 comprised a hybrid event from 21 – 23 June, and webinars from July to November, and convened over 4,700 delegates from 566 cities. Over 1,100 senior level delegates attended the event from the public sector (41%), private sector (37%) and the sectors such as from international and nongovernmental organisations and media (22%). 39% of our audience were overseas delegates.