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Pre COP 27: Race to Resilience Asia event series

31st October 2022 - 4th November 2022

Building up to COP27, the Race to Resilience Asia event series, will bring together decision-makers, thought leaders and multidisciplinary experts across the region in a call for action to fight climate change and build resilience for future generations.

This event series is organised by Arup in partnership with world’s leading organisations, including Civic Exchange, Institution of Civil Engineers Hong Kong Association, Resilient Cities Network and World Resources Institute. From energy and water to transport and inclusive design, the series takes a city systems approach to look at this global challenge from a regional perspective and elaborate local insights and solutions. Participating cities include Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala LumpurManila and Singapore.

  • Date: 31 October – 4 November 2022
  • Theme: Water, energy, mobility and community
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore
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What is the key to a flood resilient Hong Kong?

  • Date: 1 November 2022 (Tuesday)
  • Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (GMT+8)

As a low-lying coastal city, Hong Kong is highly susceptible to weather related threats such as tropical cyclones, rainstorms and storm surges. In addition, climate change has resulted in a continuous rise in the sea level, posing a potential threat to low-lying areas in the long run.

More than ever, the city’s public infrastructure and buildings need to be planned and designed holistically to ensure transformative resilience as suggested by the latest IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report Working Group II (AR WGII) report.

Join this session to learn more about the urgency and the magnitude of the flood risk that Hong Kong is facing and obtain insights from both the private and public sectors on the resilient strategies and interventions that they are deploying.

Key speakers:

Johnny Chan
Principal Assistant Secretary (Works) 2, Development Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR

Joy Lee
Senior Engineer / Climate Change, Drainage Services Department, The Government of the HKSAR

Peter CT Lee
General Manager, Sustainability, Airport Authority Hong Kong

Lee Sai-ming
Senior Scientific Officer (Climate Forecast Services and Climate Change Studies), Hong Kong Observatory, The Government of the HKSAR

Dr CT Low
Geospatial Risk Lead, China Water Risk

Sandy Song
Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory (Development, Research and Administration), The Government of the HKSAR

James Sze
Director of Infrastructure, Hong Kong, Arup

Alan Tang
Chief Engineer / Port Works, Civil Engineering and Development Department, The Government of the HKSAR

Discover more about the event series and join us to generate practical actions to build climate resilience for our cities.


31st October 2022
4th November 2022