As winner of the 2016 Lee Kuan Yew Award, the Colombian city of Medellín was presented certain commitments during the World Cities Summit 2018 held in Singapore, July 7 to 10, as the host city of next year's event.
The World Cities Summit is an international conference series on public governance and the sustainable development of cities. It brings together practitioners and policy makers with leading experts in their field to identify innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing cities.
The 2019 version of the World Cities Summit will be the first to be held in Latin America and will be attended by about 300 high-level officials, including mayors, businessmen and experts in urban areas.
"I advanced a work agenda in Singapore, where we were invited to the World Meeting of Cities and Mayors. Medellín will host this event between July 10 and 12, 2019. There, I was proudly presenting our city. I held meetings with several world leaders who recognize its the great advances. Today, Medellín is a benchmark in the world. It is important to celebrate the advances, but above all to understand and recognize that we still have many challenges ahead and many things to improve, "said the Mayor of Medellin, Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga after finishing his participation in the event.
In recent years, Medellín has hosted and held similar global impact meetings such as the IDB Assembly (2009), the Ibero-American Culture Biennial (2010), the World Urban Forum - WUF (2014), the UNWTO Assembly (2015) ), Cities for Life (2015), the Global Entrepreneurship Congress - GEC (2016) and the World Economic Forum - WEF (2016); renowned events that allow the city to continue enjoying the vote of international confidence and being synonymous with social-urban transformation, innovation, governance, resilience, sustainability and citizen culture.