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Singapore has managed to pursue growth while preserving a good living environment over several decades, according to its Foreign Affairs and Law Minister.
Mr. K. Shanmugam told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that given Singapore's land and resource constraints, sustainable development was a "necessity and not just a slogan."
Mr. Shanmugam said their policies had to be well-integrated to ensure that the city-state remained liveable.
"For instance, despite being densely populated and highly urbanised, our greening efforts have resulted in more than 50% of Singapore being covered by vegetation. The Singapore Botanic Gardens, founded in the 19th Century, is the only city botanic garden in the world to include a tract of original, primary rainforest. Despite our rapid development, we have managed to preserve much of our biodiversity; one of our nature reserves, Bukit Timah, contains more plant species than the entire North American continent."
Singapore is 710 square kilometres, only slightly bigger than Manhattan in New York.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.