SUBANG Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has produced a sustainability achievement report to ensure the effectiveness of implementing its sustainable development goals (SDG).
It is doing so in the form of a Voluntary Local Review (VLR), which is a local level report that lists implementations and achievements done within the city in line with SDG targets.
In a statement, MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said MBSJ was a pioneer among local councils in the country to submit a VLR at a global level via the United Nations website.
“The report is also part of MBSJ’s commitment in achieving a city of international standards, by implementing all the SDGs simultaneously and achieving the global targets and indicators set by the UN,” he said.
The SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
The SDGs were set up by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.
The goal is to coordinate sustainable development policies encompassing economic, social, political and environmental scopes by involving all levels of society.
Azfarizal said MBSJ would focus on seven SDG goals, namely:
- Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being)
- Goal 5 (Gender Equality)
- Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth)
- Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities)
- Goal 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption)
- Goal 13 (Climate Action)
- Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institution)
MBSJ, he said, was invited to be part of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held virtually from the UN headquarters in New York.
“This international forum is an annual event where global leaders discuss sustainable development and regional national agenda,” he added.
Subang Jaya mayor Noraini Roslan was invited to be a panellist in a virtual forum titled “Going local – how can we support local authorities in implementing the SDGs and how can we best build on voluntary local reviews”.
The forum offered Noraini and other international delegates a platform to share their expertise and experience on local level agendas.
“Through these achievements and commitments, it is hoped that Subang Jaya will become a city that is sustainable, competitive and has inclusive development, thus serving as a reference partner for other global cities,” said Azfarizal.