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 11th series of the ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities’ (WCSC) event themed ‘Next :KL2040’ 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.

WCSC 2019 is set to embark on a new journey of the future through its new KL City Plan 2020 – 2040. Having gazetted all its Statutory Plans (Structure and Local Plans) previously for development horizon till the year 2020, the re-planning for the next 20 years is starting now with DBKL looking at a long-term view of its development plans.

Going forward, Kuala Lumpur will face challenges from various perspectives: demographic changes, climate change, technology disruptions and scarcity of land. How can it continue to build a resilient urban future with a good quality of life for its people?

The past ten (10) 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