This dialogue aims to engage tertiary students in a conversation about sustainable development in the Singapore context.

In Singapore, a large majority of our youths enjoy an environment of peace and prosperity – but our future cannot be taken for granted. In the context of sustainability, the youths of today are also the change-makers for their own future tomorrow. Young people have a huge capacity to take action, influence and mobilise their peers. Often, they also bring fresh perspectives to the challenges and discussions at hand. In this Year of Climate Action in Singapore, there is no better time to engage our young people on the subject of sustainable development.

This special dialogue with Speaker of Parliament Mr Tan Chuan-Jin aims to engage tertiary students in a conversation about sustainable development in the Singapore context. 

  • Given our scarcity of resources, how do we balance the competing needs of a growing population? How can we resolve the inherent tensions between urbanization and conservation; natural and manmade?
  • Singapore is frequently ranked among the top nations in the world for liveability – but also for cost of living. What does it mean to be a liveable and sustainable city?
  • To many, Singapore is a food paradise. Affordable food is readily available, whether it be from a hawker centre or increasingly, at a few taps on our smartphones. And yet, more than 90 per cent of the food we consume is imported. As megatrends like climate change adversely affect supply and a rising middle class fuels demand for food, how do we sustainably feed our growing population?


30 AUG 2018
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Mochtar Riady AuditoriumLevel 5, SMU Administration Building


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14:30 – 15:00
30 mins
15:00 – 15:05
Welcome Remarks
5 mins

Robin Hu, Head of Sustainability & Stewardship Group, Temasek

15:10 – 15:20
10 mins
15:20 – 16:25
Panel Dialogue with students leaders
65 mins

Guest panellist: Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore

16:25 – 16:30
Get involved: Youth Ecosperity Dialogue
5 mins

Gerald Yeo, Senior Director, Programmes & Partnerships, Temasek Foundation International

16:30 – 17:00
Tea Break
30 mins