'We know that the planet is warming up and the human population is growing, raising our demand for resources. The combination of these factors is why the battle against climate change will be decided in cities, particularly cities in the Asia-Pacific.
These urban centres are triple ‘hot spots’: they face rising temperatures, increasing populations and escalating consumption.
To tackle these challenges, we need practical and successful ideas that can easily be replicated.
At the 4th Sustainable Cities Conference last week in Singapore, I discussed ways for Singapore and Hong Kong, already recognised as innovative cities in tackling these problems, to become even greener and establish themselves as leaders in creating sustainable city models for the Asia-Pacific.'