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by Joseph Jones



2016 Prize Laureate: Medellín

Prize Lecture

Prize Forum

Dialogue with PM Lee


Honouring Models of Innovation
The 2016 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize was awarded to Medellín, Colombia in recognition of its extraordinary transformation from being one of the world’s most dangerous cities into a liveable and innovative city within a span of just two decades. The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize recognises outstanding contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world.

Medellín was selected from a list of 38 other nominated cities from around the globe. Meanwhile, world-renowned hydrogeologist Professor John Anthony Cherry won the 2016 Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize for his work in the management of groundwater – the major water source for over 50% of the world’s population.

Speaking at the award ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, in a frank, friendly and farreaching conversation, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong touched on a number of topical issues, including Brexit (the recent UK referendum to leave the European Union), terrorism and climate change. PM Lee pointed out that Brexit had occurred due to a disconnect between London and the rest of England. “Global cities must strike a balance between domestic cohesion and maintaining a sense of openness,” he said.

While acknowledging the importance of environmental challenges, PM Lee argued that for many Asian countries, “climate change is not topmost on their agenda.” Similarly, when it comes to terrorism, “no absolute security is possible,” asserted PM Lee. While you can take every precaution, you must also “steel yourself for the morning after.

View the video of the dialogue with PM Lee here

This article was adapted from Solutions Issue 2 – 12 July 2016, a World Cities Summit Show Daily. Read the full issue here.