2018•05•22 Kuala Lumpur
On 3 May 2018, the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) welcomed Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam, to discuss about the collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Malaysian government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He lauded Malaysia as a success story, and outlined some of the country’s achievements since her independence 60 years ago — particularly in alleviating poverty and reducing morbidity and mortality rates.
The Malaysian government reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development at the United Nations General Assembly in July 2017. Even though the 11th Malaysia Plan — the country’s five-year development blueprint which began in 1966 — was drafted before the SDGs were launched, the government is working together with various UN agencies to identify the gaps and address key issues in the localisation and implementation of the SDGs at the national level.
Consultation with multiple stakeholders, from civil society to the business community, is key to developing the necessary infrastructure and network for SDGs attainment in Malaysia. Multi-stakeholder governance was established to engage with the Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance and the Global Compact Network Malaysia to bring together the various perspectives needed to realise the SDGs in the country. Mr Priesner exhorted for more Malaysian businesses to be a part of the Responsible Business Forum and encouraged the private sector to engage the SDGs as part of their business practice.
Mr Priesner concluded on a positive note with Malaysia’s possible report card in 2030 in terms of its progress on poverty reduction, health promotion, social goals, and gender equality. However, he cautioned that the country needs to be more aggressive in addressing environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution as the planet is on the verge of the sixth mass extinction.
For more, see the news story on the UNU-IIGH website.