Sustainable Urban Development Seminar & Study Tour


Urbanization, responsible for generating over 80% of global GDP, holds the potential to foster sustainable growth by bolstering productivity and fostering innovation when effectively administered. Nevertheless, the rapid pace and extensive scope of urbanization present formidable challenges. These include the imperative to address escalated requirements for accessible housing, robust infrastructure, encompassing transportation networks, essential services, and employment opportunities. This urgency is particularly pronounced for the nearly 1 billion urban poor, residing in informal settlements proximate to opportunities. Moreover, escalating conflicts exacerbate strains on urban centers, with over 50% of forcibly displaced individuals inhabiting urban locales, intensifying pressure on already burdened cities.

The Sustainable Urban Development Seminar and Study Tour of Kuala Lumpur is a comprehensive program aimed at exploring sustainable urban development practices in one of Asia’s dynamic urban centers. The seminar provides participants with insights into the strategies, policies, and initiatives employed by Kuala Lumpur to address the challenges and opportunities associated with rapid urbanization.

Key highlights of the seminar and study tour include:

  1. Expert-Led Seminars: Participants engage in seminars led by urban development experts, policymakers, and practitioners. Topics cover a wide range of issues, including urban planning, infrastructure development, affordable housing, transportation systems, environmental sustainability, and community engagement.
  2. Site Visits: Participants embark on guided tours of innovative urban development projects and infrastructure initiatives across Kuala Lumpur. Site visits offer firsthand experiences of sustainable urban solutions in action, providing valuable insights into best practices and lessons learned.
  3. Networking Opportunities: The program facilitates networking opportunities with local government officials, industry leaders, and community stakeholders. Participants have the chance to exchange ideas, share experiences, and establish connections with key players in the field of sustainable urban development.
  4. Interactive Workshops: Interactive workshops allow participants to delve deeper into specific topics of interest, engage in discussions, and collaborate on potential solutions to urban challenges. Workshops encourage active participation and foster knowledge exchange among participants.
  5. Cultural Immersion: In addition to exploring sustainable urban development practices, the program offers cultural immersion experiences, allowing participants to discover the rich heritage, diverse communities, and vibrant culture of Kuala Lumpur.

Overall, the Sustainable Urban Development Seminar and Study Tour of Kuala Lumpur provides a unique opportunity for participants to gain valuable insights, exchange knowledge, and explore innovative approaches to building sustainable and resilient cities in the face of rapid urbanization.

Who should participate?

Government and city officials from various departments and agencies involved in urban planning, development, and governance would greatly benefit from attending the Sustainable Urban Development Seminar and Study Tour of Kuala Lumpur. This includes:

  1. Urban Planners: Professionals responsible for designing and implementing urban development plans and policies to guide the sustainable growth of cities.
  2. City Managers: Officials tasked with overseeing the administration and management of municipal services, infrastructure, and resources within urban areas.
  3. Policy Makers: Decision-makers involved in formulating and enacting policies related to urban development, land use, transportation, housing, and environmental sustainability.
  4. Public Works Officials: Professionals responsible for infrastructure planning, construction, and maintenance, including transportation systems, utilities, and public facilities.
  5. Housing Authorities: Officials involved in addressing housing needs, affordability issues, and the development of inclusive housing policies and programs.
  6. Environmental Planners: Experts focused on integrating environmental considerations into urban planning and development processes to promote sustainability and resilience.
  7. Community Development Officers: Officials working to engage local communities in participatory planning processes and empower residents to contribute to the development of their neighborhoods.
  8. Economic Development Agencies: Professionals involved in promoting economic growth, job creation, and investment opportunities within urban areas.
  9. Disaster Management Authorities: Officials responsible for assessing and mitigating risks related to natural disasters, climate change, and other environmental hazards in urban settings.
  10. Sustainability Officers: Professionals tasked with integrating sustainable practices and principles into urban development strategies, including energy efficiency, waste management, and green infrastructure.

By attending the seminar and study tour, government and city officials can gain valuable insights, learn best practices, and exchange knowledge with peers and experts in the field of sustainable urban development. They can also explore innovative approaches and solutions that can be adapted and implemented in their own cities to promote sustainable growth, resilience, and quality of life for residents.

  • Wednesday 19 Jun 2024
  • Thursday 20 Jun 2024
  • Friday 21 Jun 2024
  • Monday 24 Jun 2024
  • Tuesday 25 Jun 2024
  • Wednesday 26 Jun 2024
  • Thursday 27 Jun 2024
  • Friday 28 Jun 2024

Wednesday 19 Jun 2024

DAY 1 09.00 - 17.00 Introduction and guided tour

- Introduction to the seminar and study tour
- Participants introduction
- Brief overview of the programme
- Introductory presentation on sustainable urban development
- A guided tour of the city of Kuala Lumpur

Thursday 20 Jun 2024

DAY 2 09:00 - 17:00 Issues and challenges in urban development

The impacts of urbanization are mixed. There are many positive impacts of urbanization and challenges created by rapid unplanned urban growth. From the perspective of your own city in your own country, what are the challenges, opportunities and weaknesses of urban planning and development?

- Discussion
- Group assignments

Friday 21 Jun 2024

DAY 3 09:00 - 17:00 The Character of Cities and Urban Centers

- Presentation of the results of group work
- Urban development in Malaysia
- Case study
- Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for sustainable urban development in African countries

Monday 24 Jun 2024

DAY 4 09:00 - 17:00 Principles of Sustainable Urban Development

- Exploring key principles, theories, and practices of urban management
- Lessons from Malaysia
- Experiences from other cities of the world
- Group work and learning exercises

Tuesday 25 Jun 2024

DAY 5 09:00 - 17:00 Sustainability and Inclusivity

- Green city principles, circular economy and sustainable energy transition.
- inclusive, equitable and gender-responsive approaches to urban development and management.
- Group work and exercises

Wednesday 26 Jun 2024

DAY 6 09:00 - 17:00 Urban Mobility

- Opening presentation
Urban mobility is a global challenge that requires collaboration and knowledge sharing among cities, regions, and countries. International cooperation, exchange programs, and partnerships can facilitate the sharing of best practices, innovative solutions, and lessons learned to address common urban mobility challenges and achieve sustainable urban development goals.

Discussion on:
Sustainable Transportation: Promoting modes of transportation that reduce environmental impact, such as public transit, cycling, and walking.
Infrastructure Development: Investing in efficient and accessible transportation infrastructure, including roads, railways, and bike lanes.
Multimodal Connectivity: Creating seamless connections between different modes of transportation to provide commuters with flexible and convenient options.
Smart Mobility Solutions: Leveraging technology to enhance urban mobility, such as ride-sharing apps, real-time transit information, and smart traffic management systems.
Accessibility for All: Ensuring transportation options are inclusive and accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Reducing Congestion: Implementing strategies to alleviate traffic congestion, such as congestion pricing, carpooling incentives, and traffic management policies.

Thursday 27 Jun 2024

DAY 7 09:00 - 17:00 Making Sense of Leadership and Institutions in Sustainable Urban Development

- Opening presentation
Discussion on:
- What does it take to lead transformational urban change?
- How do we build the right skills and capabilities across the urban development ecosystem?
- Group assignment and presentations

Friday 28 Jun 2024

DAY 8 09:00 - 13:00 Summary of key take-aways from the seminar and study tour

- Key take-aways discussion
- Presentation of certificates
- Closing ceremony

The Sustainable Urban Development Seminar will be held at:

Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences

4 Jalan Conlay, Bukit Bintang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

For more information about the venue, please visit the hotel's website




Passport and Visa
Check with your travel agent if you require a visa to enter Malaysia.

  • Visa application can be applied at any nearest Malaysian Embassies and High Commissions Office Abroad. For the list of Embassies & Consulates of Malaysia around the world, follow this link to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website.
  • Visa application can also be made online through eVISA Portal (applicable for tourists, Expatriate, Students and Medical tourists. For more information, please click here.
  • More information about visa application to enter Malaysia can be found here.

In terms of climate, Kuala Lumpur experiences little seasonal variation due to its proximity to the equator. The weather is generally temperate, with refreshing sea breezes along the coast year-round. Temperatures typically range between 18 to 30 degrees Celsius (65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit), making light and casual clothing suitable for most occasions. The city enjoys a tropical climate, with occasional rain showers throughout the year. Summer in Kuala Lumpur runs from December to March, with temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 42°C, while the cooler winter season spans from June to August, with daytime temperatures around 20°C (68°F) and cooler nights at 16°C (60°F).

The national language in Malaysia is Malay (Bahasa Malaysia), but you'll find English widely spoken, especially in hotels, restaurants, and tourist areas. Additionally, many Malaysians are multilingual, with proficiency in languages like Chinese and Tamil, reflecting the country's diverse cultural makeup.

The currency used in Kuala Lumpur and throughout Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), abbreviated as RM. Coins come in various denominations, including 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen, while banknotes are available in denominations of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100, and RM200. Be aware that exchange rates for the Ringgit against other currencies can fluctuate daily, and banks and currency exchange bureaus often charge a commission for currency exchange services.


Generally banking hours in Malaysia are from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (Mondays - Fridays), although some banks do extend their banking hours. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are available at convenient locations throughout the country. All the main credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted in major institutions and an ever growing number of shops and restaurants.

Most states:
Monday – Friday: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
*Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holiday. Some banks do open on Saturdays.

Public Transport
Malaysia offers an extensive array of public transportation options to facilitate convenient travel within its urban and intercity areas. The Light Rail Transit (LRT), Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and Monorail systems form the core of Kuala Lumpur's urban transit, swiftly connecting key destinations and suburbs. Complementing these rail services, RapidKL buses ply various routes within Kuala Lumpur and its environs, ensuring comprehensive coverage of the city. For intercity travel, Malaysia provides reliable options such as intercity trains and express buses, linking major cities and towns across the country. These versatile modes of transportation, along with ride-hailing services like taxis and Grab, cater to the diverse needs of both residents and tourists, making it easy to explore the country's vibrant cities and scenic landscapes.

Time Zone
In terms of time, Malaysia follows the Malaysia Standard Time (MYT), which is typically eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+8).

Regarding electrical voltage, Kuala Lumpur and most major cities in Malaysia use a voltage of 230-240 Volts and a frequency of 50 Hz for their electrical outlets. However, it's important to note that some rural areas may use a different voltage, so it's advisable to check with your accommodation or carry appropriate adapters for your electronic devices.

High Speed Broadband is easily accessible at hotels, internet cafes and shopping malls, among other places.

The seminar will be held at the Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences.  There are many hotels and accommodation options located near  the venue.

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Malaysia, a country of breathtaking diversity and captivating contrasts, beckons travelers with a kaleidoscope of attractions, from its vibrant cityscapes to its lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia offers a treasure trove of cultural experiences, delectable cuisine, and stunning natural beauty.

Kuala Lumpur has a cityscape filled with gleaming skyscrapers and colonial architecture. The capital of Malaysia is widely recognised for numerous landmarks, including Petronas Twin Towers (twin skyscrapers with a sky bridge and observation deck), the Petaling Street flea market, and Batu Caves, which is over 400 million years old. 

The city's main hub is called the Golden Triangle, which comprises Bukit Bintang, KLCC, and Chinatown. Expansive shopping malls like Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC are among the biggest attractions in the city. These grand shopping places host a wide range of upmarket labels from all over the world. Foodies have plenty of good reasons to love Kuala Lumpur. The city’s thousands of hawker stalls, cafes, and restaurants serve every type of delicacy imaginable. Beyond Kuala Lumpur’s glass, steel, and concrete, you’ll find plenty of green spaces and natural attractions for a respite. Just a short drive from the city, you can explore lush forested hills with hiking trails leading to waterfalls.

Kuala Lumpur, the dynamic capital, is a modern metropolis where towering skyscrapers like the Petronas Twin Towers stand as iconic symbols of progress. Visitors can explore not only the city's architectural marvels but also cultural sites like Batu Caves, where Hindu temples are nestled within ancient limestone caves.  The vibrant Bukit Bintang district invites shopping enthusiasts, while the historic Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the stunning Islamic architecture of the National Mosque provide cultural enrichment. In the heart of this modern metropolis, visitors can savor diverse culinary delights at street food stalls and upscale restaurants, making Kuala Lumpur's city center a vibrant and diverse destination for all.

Malaysian Food
Malaysia's culinary scene is a delightful journey for the senses. From savoring flavorful Malay dishes like Nasi Lemak (coconut rice) and Rendang (spicy meat stew) to indulging in the diverse influences of Chinese, Indian, and Nyonya cuisines, every meal is a culinary adventure. Don't miss the bustling hawker stalls where you can try local street food classics like Char Kway Teow, Roti Canai, and Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Natural Beauty
For nature enthusiasts, Malaysia's lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and vibrant marine life offer incredible experiences. The tropical paradise of Langkawi Island boasts stunning beaches, mangrove forests, and vibrant underwater worlds for snorkeling and diving. In the northeastern state of Sabah, the majestic Mount Kinabalu beckons trekkers to scale Southeast Asia's highest peak.

Cultural Diversity
Malaysia is a tapestry of cultures, with a harmonious blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and indigenous influences. This cultural diversity is celebrated throughout the year with various festivals, such as Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, and Deepavali, where the streets come alive with colorful decorations, parades, and cultural performances.

Warm Hospitality
What truly sets Malaysia apart is the warm and friendly hospitality of its people. Malaysians are known for their welcoming nature and the phrase "Selamat Datang," meaning "Welcome," is more than just a greeting; it's a reflection of the genuine warmth and inclusivity that visitors encounter throughout the country.

Malaysia, with its incredible diversity of attractions, is a destination that satisfies every traveler's wanderlust. Whether you're exploring the bustling urban centers, indulging in mouthwatering dishes, immersing in the nation's natural beauty, experiencing its rich culture, or simply enjoying the warm hospitality, Malaysia is a place where every adventure promises to be a memorable one.

The participation fee is USD 3,500 per person

The fee encompasses facilitation, certificate of participation, writing materials, handouts, refreshments including tea, snacks, and lunch, as well as visitations and tours. It's important to note that this fee does NOT include airfare, ground logistics, or accommodation for participants. Payment for registration fee is required by 11th May, 2024.

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