Conference Synopsis & Theme

Since introducing and establishing the concept of World Class Sustainable Cities (WCSC) International Conference in 2009, this annual conference series has gained recognition and prominence among the built-environment industry professionals, City Managers, Government agencies, residents’ groups and stakeholders on the benefits and challenges faced in becoming a World Class City.

The 10th series of the ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities’ (WCSC) event themed ‘Kuala Lumpur: Today & Beyond’ aims at addressing and reflecting on the current and future urban challenges faced in meeting the demands of an ever-increasing populous nation and achieving high-income economy status. The 21st Century is a century of cities – Cities across the globe are swelling, compounding social and environmental sustainability challenges. Hence, cities have to transform, reinvent themselves and rethink policies that leads to solutions towards millennial challenges. Cities have become laboratories for innovation where innovative ideas, entrepreneurship and social dynamism are incubated, implemented and elevated to the broader national consciousness. The unprecedented growth in urban population will mean that the right strategies and actions need to be in place in order to have cities and towns that cater to the needs of the people towards providing a better and sustainable quality of life for all citizens.

The past tenth (10th) WCSC conferences, with the official endorsement and support of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), have successfully managed to educate, enlighten and create greater awareness to City Managers and all city stakeholders in this country. The engagement of World Class experts in city solutions at these WCSC conference series have seen the best practices and lessons learnt, manifested into projects to make Kuala Lumpur City, a World Class City.

WCSC has been specifically designed to showcase some of the best and successful practices and experiences from World Class Cities, as well as to provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn and better understand the efforts made within our own nation.

WCSC is also aimed at providing a constructive platform to enlighten, educate, change the mindsets, encourage community engagement and increase the knowledge of City Administrators, city stakeholders, industry players, Government agencies and the general public to deliberate on integrated urban solutions and the key challenges faced in transforming our cities into sustainable human settlements that meets the needs of the present and enhancing that of the future. It will be a strategic platform for networking amongst professionals, city managers and citizen groups to exchange ideas, experiences and challenges.

Objectives of the Conference

  • To further enlighten, educate and change the mindsets of city stakeholders, industry players, Government agencies and general public on the key challenges and issues faced in promoting and achieving a ‘World Class City’ status;
  • To learn and review available solutions, international best practices and experiences in the overall planning and development for the successful implementation of World Class Sustainable Cities;
  • To study the latest developments, innovations and ideas that have been implemented or practiced by other World Class Sustainable Cities and its possible applicability to Malaysia’s situation; and
  • To offer a master class session in which world class experts will provide a hands on session for selected participants in seeking solutions for city issues.


More than 650 conference delegates are expected from the following areas:

  • Mayors, Councilors and senior officers from various cities, municipalities, Government agencies, NGOs, Residents Associations (RAs), and the private and public sectors;
  • Researchers, academicians and specialists in the fields of urban planning and development, education, social studies and welfare;
  • Industry professionals, international organizations, and public and private institutions i.e. Property Developers & Building Managers, Real Estate Investors, Town Planners, Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects, Valuers, Academicians and others; and
  • Private corporations, students and other stakeholders.


  • Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur) Branch (REHDA KL) www.rehda.com ;
  • Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) www.mip.org.my ; and
  • Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) www.pam.org.my