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With growth comes urbanization. However, as people move to the cities, the quality of life of our citizens deserves equal, if not more attention. Cities can be the origin of problems themselves, such as resources shortages, pollution, health issues, crime and general urban decay. We need to respond. First, we have to ensure that growth is distributed to remote areas of countries as well. This will help slow urban drift and urban sprawl. Second, we have to work together on smart cities that are greener, more IT-enabled, can leverage data to make smarter decisions and collaborate with other smart cities across the globe. It is most satisfying that inclusive and sustainable growth is what all countries and cities are pursuing together today.

-H.E. Mr Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to India