8 March 2022 - , Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE
Bringing nature into the built environment and the local policies and strategies that activate these global agendas was the focus of the 2022 AIPH Green City Conference on 8 March.
Held in the Media Centre of Expo 2020 Dubai, the event brought together a worldwide audience of professionals, organisations, city councils and government administrations to hear how international experts are meeting the ‘living green’ challenge.
As the world’s champion for the power of plants, AIPH, recognises the essential role that plants play in creating resilient cities and is proud to inspire people into positive action. AIPH Green City Chair Mr Bill Hardy opened the conference to introduce the AIPH Green City programme, stating how the activities reflect the AIPH vision to lead global thinking for collective impact.
15:00 – Welcome and introduction by Mr. Bill Hardy, Chair of the AIPH Green City Committee
Presentation by Expo 2023 Doha Qatar
Presentation by Mr Maher Nasser, Commissioner-General of the United Nations at Expo 2020 in Dubai and the Director of Outreach in the United Nations Department of Global Communications.
Presentation by Mr. Ng Lye Hock, Larry, Commissioner General of the Singapore Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, followed by a Q&A session
The relationship between global biodiversity conservation targets and local biodiversity plans – presentation by Mr. Pablo Arturo Lopez Guijosa, Head of Communications at UBHub followed by a Q&A session
Presentation by Suncheonman International Garden Expo 2023
16:30 – BREAK
Stimulating Greener Cities with International Horticultural Expos – presentation by Mr. Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General, followed by a Q&A session
Connecting Plants and People for a Greener, Healthier, Urban Climate – Presentation by Mr. Alan White, Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Committee, CNLA , followed by a Q&A session
Mayoral speech from Mr. Lütfü Savaş, a presentation from Expo 2021 Hatay, with a Q&A session
Conference wrap up by Dr. Audrey Timm, AIPH Technical Advisor
18:15 – Conference close
Bill has had many roles and responsibilities within the horticulture industry over the years and has always had an avid involvement in industry professional development, education, and certification.
Bill is active with several industry associations including: the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association – Communication Director and 2nd Vice President; HortEducationBC – Founding Director and current Business Manager; Canadian Garden Council – Founding Director and CNLA Representative; International Association of Horticulture Producers – Chair Green City Committee; and the Green Cities Foundation – Director at Large
Alan White is the owner of Turf Systems Inc. based in Burlington, Ontario. With over 30 years of business experience, White truly believes in maintaining and preserving green spaces for all to enjoy. This belief has kept him busy, both in his business operating Turf Systems Inc. and representing the Canadian Landscape Industry. His efforts have included helping develop the IPM Accreditation Program in Canada as an active member on the IPM Council of Canada’s board of Directors. In 2004 he was elected to the Provincial Board of Landscape Ontario and in 2012 moved to represent Ontario on the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Associations Board of Directors where he now participates as a member of their Executive Committee and as Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Committee. Alan also embraces many of the challenges facing the green industry today and views them as opportunities for the future. His participation on the Executive Board for Project EverGreen has no borders, an American philanthropic organization bringing together horticulture industry activities and healthier, cleaner and more livable cities. In addition, Alan White is also the Vice-Chair for the Green Cities Foundation in Canada, a community connecting plants and people for a greener, healthier urban climate. Alan feels that together we can make a difference globally in ensuring green spaces remain part of our environment, our future and our urban health.
Mr Ng Lye Hock, Larry is the Commissioner General, Singapore Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai UAE and Prize Secretary, Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize.
Mr Ng is also appointed by the Minister for National Development as the Registrar of the Board of Architects, Singapore since 2005, with the mission to enhance competency, integrity and professionalism of the practice of architecture in Singapore.
He was a Colombo Plan Scholar who graduated from University of Western Australia in 1979, and holds a master’s degree in building science from University of Sydney under a scholarship from the Housing and Development Board (HDB).
Mr Ng has extensive experience in the planning, design and implementation of public housing in Singapore. In his long career with the HDB, he has been involved in the master planning of new towns and design and supervision of various types of projects.
Pablo Arturo Lopez Guijosa holds a Master of Environmental Management degree by the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Biologist degree by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Helsinki. His expertise is in international relations, specializing in communications, protected areas and biodiversity conservation. He has worked with subnational governments, academia, private sector and NGOs as well as international organizations, including the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and the Geneva Environment Network in Switzerland. He has also served as Project Manager for the IUCN and as Communications Specialist for the Mexican Government. He helped organize the UN Biodiversity Conference — COP13 CBD in Cancun, Mexico; the Ramsar COP13 in Dubai, UAE; as well as several international meetings in Brisbane, Geneva, Mexico City, San Jose, Santo Domingo and Tijuana. He is currently Communications and Research consultant for UNEP Regional Office in Europe, Head of Communications for the Urban Biodiversity Hub and Fellow by the Arizona State University.
Dr. Lütfü Savaş was elected Mayor of the Hatay Metropolitan Municipality, Türkiye, in 2014. Prior to this role, he served as Mayor of Antioch for six years. He earned his doctorate in medicine at Anadolu University and later took part in the establishment of the Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, where he became an associate professor and served as Advisor to the Rector of the university.
The International Horticultural Expo 2021 Hatay will be hosted at the sites in Antakya and Iskenderun. The Expo has a theme of “Garden of Civilisations” and will stimulate city greening and sustainable development in the Hatay region as well as the local economy.
Maher Nasser has over 34 years of work experience in the United Nations System during which he has worked in Gaza, Jerusalem, Amman, Vienna, Cairo and New York. He is currently the Commissioner-General of the United Nations at Expo 2020 in Dubai and the Director of Outreach in the United Nations Department of Global Communications. In addition to leading the United Nations presence at Expo, he leads the Department’s engagement with civil society, academia and the creative community, including the advertising industry.
With a theme focused on greening the desert and improving the environment the Expo will take place in Doha, Qatar from October 2023 to March 2024. It will cover at least 50 hectares and is expected to attract 3 million visitors.
Expo 2023 Qatar will be organised in the context that climate, water and soil are indispensable and endangered resources.
Suncheon Bay International Garden Expo 2023 plans to expand greenery from a limited space to the entire city. A network of gardens will spread across Suncheon, connecting important historical locations.
Garden of Civilization
Expo 2021 Hatay will be hosted across two sites in Antakya and Iskenderun and the organisers expect to attract over two million visitors. Hatay Metropolitan Municipality will continue its hard work organising the event to stimulate city greening and sustainable development for the Hatay region and the local economy.
The expo is due to take place from 10 December 2021 to 30 May 2022. As an AIPH approved International Horticulture Exhibition (B Category), it will enable cooperation and information sharing to address essential issues such as healthy lifestyles, green cities, sustainable living, education, and innovation.
PERA Event is an international service agency for special events, M.I.C.E. entertainment and event counselling. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, the group offers solutions, support and services to participants in the development and implementation of International Horticultural Exhibitions.
Located in the heart of Belgravia, Mosimann’s Club is one of the most prestigious private dining clubs in the world.
Headed up by Anton Mosimann (OBE), Mosimann’s has been a family run business for over 30 years and holder of the Royal Warrant by Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales for Catering Services since 2000.
Host City is the largest meeting of cities and sports, business and cultural events. It connects cities, rights holders, organising committees and other stakeholders in their quest for best practice in hosting major events. As a conference, exhibition, magazine and website, Host City brings together the international community of international sports, business and cultural events.
Whether you represent a city, a rights holder, organiser or other stakeholders, Host City presents opportunities to get involved in staging upcoming major events. Speakers of the very highest level discuss hosting in the new normal, environmental and social governance, digital transformation and international collaboration. VIP keynotes, panels, Q&A, presentations and interactive workshops will run alongside structured networking and exhibition activities.
FloraCulture International magazine, (FCI), is a publication specific to the international floricultural industry.
It is distributed directly to individuals and through FCI Partner Associations, (consisting mainly of growers, breeders, wholesalers, landscapers and some retail), on a bi-monthly basis from the Americas to Australasia in both printed and digital forms.
Our publishing organisation is the global horticultural Expo licencing body, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). This governing body has membership associations whose prime purpose is to champion the power of plants.
Each edition of FCI has thorough articles based upon a country from around the world and its specific horticultural industry. We write about themes in celebration of floriculture. These include propagation, breeding, substrates and sustainability; flower trials and auctions; process automation and horticultural machinery; packaging and plastic alternatives; cold chain logistics and transportation; biophilia and Green City planning.
Currently, 5,500 subscribers receive printed versions directly, and 100,000 welcome it digitally – and many more people see it online every day. FCI is delivered to 142 countries across the globe and features at many expos, and trades shows throughout the world.
In summary, FCI magazine, through its global reach, will enable your business to promote its brand and give visibility to your products in both new and existing target markets.