UNDP is the official partner for the inaugural Global Transformation Forum 2015 -– Operationalising Transformation

Apr 10, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, 9TH MARCH 2015 – Almost 100 foreign ambassadors and high commissioners were welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman to a special briefing on the Global Transformation Forum (GTF2015)  that will take place between October 21 – 23 in Kuala Lumpur. This inaugural event is hosted by the Government of Malaysia and organised by BFR Institute Sdn Bhd. Themed ‘Operationalizing Transformation’. The inaugural event will convene at KL Convention Centre.

“The GTF is designed to promote transnational collaboration, sharing of best practices and approaches to operationalize transformation. As a country with our own transformational journey and story to share since 2010, Malaysia is proud to be playing host to this inaugural event”, said Dato’ Sri Anifah.

The event is a collaborative partnership between BFR-I, a subsidiary of PEMANDU, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Also in attendance at the briefing was Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam who also addressed the audience.

She noted that in the year 2000, the Heads of State and government gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York, to reaffirm the collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level  by setting out minimum targets for an unprecedented push for the reduction of poverty; ensuring universal access to primary education; gender equality; health, environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development and outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDG scorecard so far shows that the MDGs have delivered substantial and tangible development progress across the world.

As the Millennium Development Goals framework comes to an end in 2015, the United Nations will be organizing a summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development agenda from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and adoption of a new global framework called Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

In line with this, she noted that the “theme of this inaugural GTF is very much aligned to the intergovernmental effort to agree on SDGs that will require new transformative and innovative approaches over the next fifteen years to respond to people’s aspirations and implement an agenda that directly affects their lives.

GTF2015 promises to create global conversations on making transformational socioeconomic change. It is expected to attract exemplary keynote speakers or Transformation Icons such as past and present Heads of State, global business personalities and leading experts and more than 3000 participants from all around the world.

In addition to the forum, registered participants of GTF will also have the opportunity to attend a preview of the BFR Methodology, which was adopted by Malaysia and Tanzania in their respective national transformation programs that has delivered measurable outcomes.

Speaking at the briefing session, Yang Berhormat Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and the Chief Executive Office of PEMANDU said, “The GTF is set to become a recognized platform for visionary leaders to share evident success stories, challenges as well as having an exchange of ideas to catalyze transformation.”

Registration is now opened with group and early bird packages. Interested participants are recommended to register early as places are limited. For more information on the GTF2015, visit www.globaltransformation.com.

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