​Singapore’s pragmatic approach to sustainable development
PUBLISHED ON 20 Jul 2018
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli has emphasised that Singapore pursued sustainable development as a necessity since independence.

Making these comments at the United Nation’s 2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, Mr Masagos added that Singapore takes a pragmatic approach to policy making and governance, focusing on outcomes instead of ideology, ‘to foster a harmonious, inclusive and prosperous society.’

“Singapore has always put its people at the centre of all its development policies. Our economic transformation is a story about uplifting our people’s lives by providing good education, health, housing, employment and a clean environment,” he said.

Mr Masagos reiterated that Singapore has designated 2018 as Year of Climate Action, and that governments alone cannot tackle climate change and sustainability. He also shared three elements that are key to Singapore’s development approach – balancing economic development with environmental protection and social inclusion; long-term integrated policy planning and implementation; and collaborative partnerships.

Mr Masagos also told participants at the forum that Singapore is building its resilience in the face of climate change-induced weather volatility, citing how Singapore’s national water recycling system collects and treats every drop of wastewater and transforms it into Newater. He added that Singapore’s Deep Tunnel Sewerage System will be extended by 2025 to transport and turn more wastewater into Newater for industrial use and domestic consumption.