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Dubai Municipality takes part in mayors' forum

June 8, 2014

A Dubai Municipality delegation headed by Director-General Hussain Nasser Lootah participated in the fifth edition of World Cities Summit Mayors Forum (WCSMF) held recently in Singapore.

WCSMF 2014 is a key highlight of this year's World Cities Summit (WCS), a biennial global platform for government and industry leaders to address livable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated solutions, and forge high-level partnerships.

The World Cities' mayors forum features the largest gathering of mayors to date. Also participating in the forum were experts from international organisations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Asian Development Bank.

Lootah was accompanied by Dawood Al Hajiri, director of the Planning Department, Najib Mohammed Saleh, head of the Planning Research Section, Marwan Mohammed, head of the Irrigation Projects Section and Walid Al Shaibani, head of DM Club, the municipality said in a Press release on Monday.

Commenting on the DM's participation in the summit, Lootah said: "I am very delighted to have this unique opportunity to meet over 130 mayors and leaders from global cities, where they agreed on placing people at the centre of policy goals to achieve sustainable urban development."

"We discussed the importance of good governance and community engagement, and how smart technologies will contribute to urban development at the forum," said Lootah.

"The WCSMF highlighted the importance of nurturing a global community of mayors and city leaders to share different approaches and plans to help deal with common challenges faced by cities, especially rapidly emerging cities in Asia," he said.

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Source: Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)

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