Malaysia’s whole-of-nation approach to sustainability

10 December 2021

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, of which there are 17, were adopted by 193 member states (including Malaysia) of the United Nations in 2015.

With its 17 goals, 169 targets and more than 200 indicators that cover five dimensions namely People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership, it aims to create developments that balance the social, economic and environment pillars.

All 17 SDGs have been aligned to Malaysia’s national development plans. The national development priorities are implemented in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The adoption of the whole-of-nation approach is essential for SDGs implementation.

A pivotal policy document is the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV), where Sustainability is one of eight enablers. Within the SPV as well as the 12th Malaysia Plan, focus is on building a circular economy that will:

● Increase efficiency and cost effectiveness,
● Reduce dependency on natural resources and pressure on the                   environment,
● Address climate change
● Establish a more innovative and competitive economy
● Create new opportunities for green growth

Source : Shared Prosperity Vision 2020 summary

For information on Malaysia’s specific goals with regards to all 17 SDGs, the Department of Statistics Malaysia has a dedicated website on the latest assessments and indicators towards a Sustainable Malaysia in 2030. For the purpose of this article, InvestKL will highlight two key SDGs

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