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Cities are the social, political and economic engines of the global economy in the 21st century. City leaders face pressing issues that are increasingly broad ranging and complex. The commonality of issues and challenges confronting Asia Pacific cities creates opportunities for shared solutions and regional collaboration.

The Asia Pacific region contains more than half of the world's population and will be the major contributor to the global economy with extensive trading and collaboration with the rest of the world. The region is highly dyanamic, with both rapid growth and urbanisation and cities have become the key means through which growth is promoted and progress achieved.


The 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2017APCS) and Mayors’ Forum was held in Daejeon, Republic of Korea from 10 – 13 September. More than 2400 business, government, youth leaders from 125 cities around the Asia Pacific region and beyond gathered at the 2017APCS in Daejeon.


The overarching theme for 2017APCS was ‘Shaping the Future of the Asia Pacific’ and the sub-themes included: 

  • Innovating cities through science and technology
  • Revitalising cities through vibrant business activities
  • Achieving sustainable city solutions
  • Recreating cities through art and culture


The 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2015APCS) and Mayors' Fourm was held in Brisbane on 5-8 July 2015. 

More than 1300 delegates from 135 cities across the Asia Pacific and beyond attended the event. A record of more than 90 Mayors and Deputy Mayors attended the 2015APCS. This presented a unique opportunity for business interested in establishing or expanding their footprint in the Asia Pacific region.


The overarching theme for 2015APCS was 'Business Leadership in the Asia Pacific' and the sub-themes included:

  • global cities - cultivating talent, technology and trade
  • digital cities - the science and technology behind cities
  • future cities - developing cities and smart communities
  • cities for people - clean, green, accessible and inclusive cities.

Keynote speakers

2015APCS keynote speakers included:

  • Sebastian Coe - former Chairman of 2012 London Olympics Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Garmes (London)
  • SY Lau - Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent, President of its Online Media Group (Beijing)
  • Randi Zuckerberg - Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media (San Francisco)


More than 200 organisations, 106 young professionals and over 126 speakers participated in the 2015APCS.

Sponsors and partners

2015APCS sponsors and partners included Bloomberg, Brisbane Marketing, Brookings Institution, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Singtel-Optus and Trade and Investment Queensland.


The 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2013APCS) and Mayors' Forum was held in Kaohsiung from 9-11 September 2013.


The theme was 'Reshaping the Urbanomics of Cities - City Challenges and City Solutions' and focused on the challenges that Asia Pacific cities have encountered under the pressure of global competition and climate change. 

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers included Ken Livingstone, first Mayor of London and force behind the bid for the London Olympics, as well as Cher Wang, Chairperson of HTC.