Mayor Carlos F. Galán Attends World Cities Summit in Singapore

Mayor Carlos F. Galán Attends World Cities Summit in Singapore Photo: Mayor's Office of Bogotá
This summit allows us to learn about cases of cities that also have challenges regarding climate change, sustainability and urban development.

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Translated by Andrés Martínez Forero

Mayor Carlos Fernando Galán of Bogotá participated in the World Cities Summit in Singapore. This summit provided insights into how cities worldwide are tackling challenges related to climate change, sustainability, and urban development. Projects presented included the construction of the first line of the Bogotá Metro, enhancements to the TransMilenio BRT system, and the promotion of cycling to lead in sustainable mobility. The challenges faced by historic centers in enhancing economic, educational, and cultural activities were also discussed.

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Mayor Galán highlighted the key issues addressed at the World Cities Summit:

"We had very productive days at the Cities Summit in Singapore. We participated in the mayors’ meeting of the C40 cities, a global network dedicated to coordinating climate change policies of its member cities. Discussions revolved around each city’s experiences with droughts, floods, wildfires, and we all agreed that the most vulnerable populations are the hardest hit. We presented Bogotá’s reservoir crisis and emphasized the need to forge a new relationship with water.Mayor Carlos F. Galán Attends World Cities Summit in Singapore At the summit's first plenary, we had the chance to share Bogotá’s experiences on several key points for climate action. We talked about the importance of political participation and our commitment to advancing sustainable mobility. This includes integrating the Bogotá Metro and operating the world's second-largest fleet of electric buses after China, as well as promoting alternative modes of transport like cycling.

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We also participated in a panel on improving our cities, highlighting the need to design and implement public policies that address various challenges while aiming for permanent changes in people's attitudes. We shared Bogotá’s experiences with the reservoir situation and how we are working to achieve real and sustainable changes in the city's energy and water consumption habits."

Here are statements from Carlos Fernando Galán on the X network, from the Cities Summit in Singapore: