PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is heading in the right direction in achieving its sustainable development agenda, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) recognises the importance of conserving natural resources and is the country's show of commitment towards long-term sustainability.
“I believe that we have taken important steps in the right direction to develop the global expertise needed to move Malaysia and Asia forward in sustainable development, to protect and preserve the planet.
“Malaysia is committed to supporting and implementing the United Nation's 2030 Development Agenda.
“The 11MP reinforces the Government’s commitment to enrich the lives of our people, providing dignity and uplifting the potential of all to share in the benefits of our country’s prosperity, and to create an inclusive and environmentally-sustainable nation with an advanced economy by 2020.
“Recognising at the same time the importance of conserving our natural resources for future generations and the threat posed by the increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, the fourth thrust of the 11MP emphasises green growth development strategy.
“It represents Malaysia’s commitment to a healthy environment and long-term sustainability,” said Najib in his speech at the launch of the Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development at Sunway University here on Friday.
Najib said for Malaysia to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it will require “a government-wide approach that optimises limited resources and funding with integrated collaborative programmes that serve multiple ends”.
“Malaysia has successfully applied this approach through the National Blue Ocean Strategy and we will continue to do so in the case of the SDGs.
On the Jeffrey Sachs Centre, Najib said it will serve as a hub for research and policy practice to train the “new generation” in sustainable development.
“I am informed that the contribution of US$10mil from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation to establish the Centre is the largest financial commitment focused on SDG education and implementation since the 193 UN member states adopted the 17 goals in Sept 2015,” he said.
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, whom the centre is named after, is the chairman of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and also the director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development.