By Gary Lawrence, Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM
Date: 5 August 2015
Venue: ISIS Conference Room
Urbanisation will be the defining trend over the next several decades. Today, half of the world’s population are living in cities, and by 2050, the urban population share is projected to increase to two-thirds. While cities are the primary engines of economic growth, the rapid rate of urbanisation is causing cities around the world to struggle to accommodate rising populations and address the multi-dimensional challenges of urban development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2016, recognised the importance of making cities sustainable as a shared global challenge. To realise these goals, the private sector is in the front line in catalysing a transformation towards sustainable urban development. AECOM, one of the largest engineering firms in the world, are at the centre of developing solutions through private financing, fully integrated planning, design, engineering and managing cities. With the stakes of failure high, Mr. Gary Lawrence discusses the reality and feasibility of making cities sustainable.
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