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Singapore envisions a green recovery that will strengthen local communities, provide critical relief for residents, and improve overall livability. Yong Kai SAW, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations, will discuss the Singapore Green Plan 2030, recently released by his parent Ministry in Singapore, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment. After the pandemic, we must recover stronger. Strength is about building resilience against crises and shocks, including climate change, resource scarcity, supply chain disruptions, and public health threats.
As a small island nation with no natural resources, Singapore has leveraged innovation and diversification to enhance our food, water, and energy security; taken significant steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change; and strengthened our pandemic preparedness. The launch of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 earlier this year amidst the pandemic was testament to our commitment to strengthening resilience. The Green Plan outlines a whole-of-nation approach to sustainable development and charts ambitious concrete targets over the next 10 years. Among others, we will plant one million more trees, quadruple solar energy deployments, and produce 30% of our nutritional needs locally, from less than 10% today.
As part of global efforts to build collective resilience, Singapore has been co-facilitating the Ministerial negotiations on Article 6 on carbon markets, and we look forward to a positive outcome at COP-26. We are also committed to working with other countries in new areas such as green finance and clean energy solutions, in order to build a network of resilience against future shocks.
Collaborating Organizations for Green Cities 2021
Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, UN-Habitat, AIA New Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, UN-Habitat, AIA New York, AIANY Planning & Design, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Habitat Professionals Forum for Sustainable Cities, Perkins-Eastman, Creative Exchange Lab, Columbia Center for Buildings, Infrastructure & Public Space and Global Urban Development (GUD)
Mr. Yong Kai Saw is a First Secretary (Sustainable Development) of the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations in New York. He oversees environment and sustainable development issues for Singapore at the UN. Prior to this posting, Mr. Yong Kai served in the International Policy Division of the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Singapore. He has also worked in community relations and waste management during his time with the National Environment Agency, Singapore. Mr. Yong Kai has a background in Environmental Engineering.
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, NOMA, PresidentConsortium for Sustainable Urbanization
- Describe how the agenda of the Republic of Singapore influenced the outcomes, deliverables and action plans of COP26, with particular regard to carbon markets.
- Discuss how the Ministry of the Environment effectively develops and implements integrated sustainable policies using a Whole-of-Government (WOG) approach, sharing information among government agencies, which widens agencies’ worldviews and uncovers emergent challenges and opportunities early.
- Illustrate how the Singapore will quadruple solar energy deployments, relating statistics to geography and building typology.
- Identify how Singapore will increase its capacity to produce 30% of its nutritional needs locally from less than 10% today