Sunway and SDSN Malaysia offer RM100,000 funding for sustainable solutions

Sunway will fund 9 shortlisted solutions with RM10,000 each to scale its impact, with remaining RM10,000 for the best solution initiative

by TMR

SUNWAY Group is calling for changemakers, innovators and individuals seeking to deliver innovative solutions to advance the wellbeing of the planet and its people to take part in the National Solutions Forum 2022 (NSF).

NSF will be hosted by Sunway, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia and the All-Party Parliamentary Group of Malaysia on Sustainable Development Goals (APPGM-SDG) in April.

The forum is aimed at showcasing the most impactful solutions to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-related challenges in Malaysia.

Sunway will fund nine shortlisted solutions with RM10,000 each to scale its impact, while a further RM10,000 will be awarded to the best solution initiative.

Highlighting the theme of Wellbeing, all submitted solution initiatives will be reviewed by a committee after which, the shortlisted ones will be presented at the NSF.

The event will be held in a hybrid mode with virtual attendees and a limited number of in-person attendees.

Modelled after SDSN’s Global Solutions Forum inaugurated in September 2019 in New York City, the NSF will be action-oriented, converging government, businesses, civil society and academia to promote sustainable development solutions.

VP for Asia and head of SDSN’s Kuala Lumpur Office Prof Woo Wing Thye 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 sustainable development and the 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.

“The current global pandemic and natural disasters have demonstrated the increased urgency to address sustainable development issues,” he said.

As part of Sunway’s commitment to nation-building and advancing the 17 United Nations (UN) SDGs, US$20 million (RM83.7 million) was committed to the UN through the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

This partnership also funded the establishment of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University, as well as the Asia headquarters of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) at Sunway City Kuala Lumpur.

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

Proposal submissions for the NSF are open until Feb 18, 2022. For registration and more information, visit sdsn.org.my/nsf2022.