Sunway pledges RM84m to support UN’s SDGs

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic source: jci.edu.my

SUNWAY Group has pledged US$20 million (RM83.7 million) to the United Nations through the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation as part of its commitment to nation-building and supporting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG).

This partnership funded the establishment of the Jeffrey Sachs Centre for Sustainable Development at Sunway University and the Asia headquarters of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) at Sunway City Kuala Lumpur.

The UN-SDSN is one of three such global centres, alongside New York City and Paris, coordinating continent-wide sustainability initiatives.

Additionally, Sunway and SDSN Malaysia are bringing back the National Solutions Forum 2022 (NSF) to showcase impactful solutions to SDG-related challenges in Malaysia.

It will be held in April in hybrid mode, in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group of Malaysia on SDG.

Upon evaluation, Sunway will fund shortlisted solutions with RM10,000 each to scale their impacts and the best solution initiative will be awarded another RM10,000.

NSF is calling for changemakers, innovators and interested individuals seeking to deliver innovative solutions to advance the environment.

Under the SDSN Malaysia Secretariat, all submitted solution proposals will be examined by the shortlisting committee and nine will be presented at the NSF.

SDSN’s Kuala Lumpur Office VP for Asia and head of professor Woo Wing Thye (picture) said SDSN encourages its members and network to develop innovative and sustainable real-world solutions to address local, national, regional, or global challenges related to SDGs.

“This year, the NSF seeks to identify and implement progressive solutions that can advance the sustainable development agenda in the areas of wellbeing, that includes both people and the planet,” he said recently.

He added that the current global pandemic and natural disasters demonstrate the increased urgency to address sustainable development issues.

The NSF is modelled after SDSN’s Global Solutions Forum inaugurated in September 2019 in New York City, in conjunction with the International Conference on Sustainable Development.

The NSF will be an action-oriented gathering, similar to the Global Solutions Forum, where government, corporations, civil society and academics join together to promote sustainable development solutions.

Interested changemakers may submit their proposals until Feb 11, 2022, at sdsn.org.my/nsf2022.