Press Release: UN-Habitat, CITYNET and Kuala Lumpur City Hall Host Training on Urban Planning

Monday, September 23, 2013

Experts from UN-Habitat explore using spatial planning.

Experts from UN-Habitat and CITYNET members explore spatial planning

Over thirty urban decision makers, among them city mayors, senior city managers and urban planners from 11 Asian and Pacific countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka gathered in Kuala Lumpur from September 23rd to 26th for the “Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region” training course. The Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center (KLRTC), also known as CIFAL KL (The International Training Centre for Local Authorities Kuala Lumpur), in partnership with CITYNET and UN-Habitat, hosted the event. Participants focused on learning about innovative tools for sustainable urban planning to bring to their respective cities, towns and municipalities.

Facilitators introduce the fundamentals of sustainable urban planning in rapidly developing contexts

Facilitators introduce sustainable urban planning in rapidly developing contexts

The training was organized by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements (CITYNET) and the United Nations Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Throughout the program, city leaders and decision makers became familiar with the links between Urban Planning and issues such as Urban Infrastructure, Urban informality, Safer Cities and Urban Patterns for a Green Economy. The participants also had the opportunity to attend the 5th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities, this year themed “Livable Cities are Creative and Competitive Cities”, and visit new urban developments in Kuala Lumpur. In addition, UN-Habitat presented its Urban Planning for City Leaders guide sponsored by Siemens to an Asian audience.

This was the first of a number of training events that will be co-organized by UN-Habitat to promote Urban Planning tools for Sustainable Urban Development.

For information, contact Toby Roycroft at programs1[at]

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