23 October 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The "Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region" training course was held in Kuala Lumpur on September 23rd- 26th. This event is hosted by 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.

Over thirty urban decision makers attended the course. They are all 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.

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) have organized together this training, which aims to make participants focus on learning about innovative tools for sustainable urban planning to bring to their respective cities, towns and municipalities. 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, which themed “Livable Cities are Creative and Competitive Cities” this year, and visit new urban developments in Kuala Lumpur. 

Image 1: Experts from UN-Habitat and CITYNET members explore spatial planning