by ANIS HAZIM / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THE government is advancing a green growth agenda to achieve economic empowerment, environmental sustainability and social inclusion.
Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) has adopted a whole-of-nation approach in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“With the focus of ‘leaving no one behind’, localising the SDGs initiatives will have to be intensified.
“Enhancing understanding and public awareness are vital in implementing the SDGs at the local level,” Ismail Sabri said at the 13th Asean-Europe Summit (ASEM) hosted by Cambodia virtually yesterday.
He said mainstreaming sustainability is paramount in ensuring a smooth transition to a greener ecosystem.
“Recently, Malaysia has announced its commitment to becoming a net-zero greenhouse gas emission nation by 2050, at the earliest,” he said.
However, he noted that governments will still be required to execute a pragmatic and precise strategy to eradicate extreme poverty, hunger and inequalities to pursue a green and sustainable environment.
“I hope that developed countries will continue supporting and providing technical assistance and technology transfer to the developing world in green and sustainable programmes,” he added.
The PM also said that Covid-19 has forced most countries to scale up resources for digital transformation to rebuild socio-economic sectors such as business, education and healthcare.
“We must undertake concrete initiatives to steer ASEM connectivity closer to its objectives and principles. Let us resume to facilitate and promote people-to-people access and to foster deeper economic ties,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said Malaysia has shown support in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Statement on the post-Covid-19 socio-economic recovery.
“Malaysia hopes that all ASEM partners will be able to implement and collaborate activities to facilitate the implementation of this statement,” he further said.