National Readiness to Achieve The Global Sustainable Development Goals

Feb 24, 2016

Putrajaya, 23 February 2016 – The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organized a Symposium for discussions on achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Malaysian context.

On 25 September 2015, the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Sustainable Development Goals, which the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.

This new 2030 agenda builds on the historic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which, since September 2000, rallied global leaders and communities to make the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.  The 17 SDGs together with their 169 indicators set out global priorities over the next 15 years for both people and planet, rooted in the principle and objective that no one is left behind.

The one-day EPU-UNDP symposium, titled Operationalizing The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, was officiated by YB Senator Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. The Symposium involved 500 participants, representing federal and state governments, civil society organizations, private sector, international organizations, youth groups, national experts, academia and think-tanks.

YB Senator Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department highlighted that Malaysia is on the right track towards achieving the global 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. The current five-year development plan, the  Eleventh Malaysia Plan 2016-2020, formulated with People as the centrepiece of all development efforts, in many aspects mirrors the multi-dimensional nature of the SDGs and it will serve as an overarching and guiding policy for sustainable development in this country.  The implementation of the SDGs within the context of our five-year development plans will require a whole of government approach. This will allow limited resources and funding to be stretched and maximised by implementing integrated collaborative programmes that can benefit all parties. YB Minister also emphasized that it will be essential for ASEAN Community 2025 to also align itself with SDGs as it is more comprehensive and holistic. In this context, the ASEAN Community 2025 can also serve as the principal regional platform for collaboration and consultation in the implementation of 2030 Agenda.  Therefore, achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030 will require enormous efforts including resource mobilization, innovation, knowledge sharing as well as active partnerships among the government, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, civil society, universities and research institutions as well as regional and multilateral organisations.


Ms. Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia and United Nations Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam noted that, ‘’to ensure that this new global development agenda indeed transforms our world and builds inclusive, sustainable and resilient societies, as is its aim, we must do some aspects of development differently that we did before. Business as usual certainly will not bring us transformative results. We will need effective planning, inclusive and participatory governance, sound policy and legal frameworks, strong institutions, and effective development cooperation and partnerships. Everyone has a role to play – governments, CSOs, the private sector, international institutions, youth and individuals.  Our ability to work in effective partnership, guided by the commitment to leave no one behind, will shape the quality of our development results.”

The symposium provided a platform for an up-to-date discussion on Malaysia’s achievements and challenges over the last 15 years through the implementation of the MDGs, and how, over the next 15 years, Malaysia can put in place the appropriate platforms for SDG implementation and monitoring, with meaningful participation from all stakeholders. The symposium also provided a platform to explore means towards strengthening data and the measurement for future assessment and reporting.  

Similar national consultations at the sub-national level and specific thematic policy dialogues will be organized to build awareness, ownership and momentum for achievement of the goals, and the implementation of the 11th Malaysia Plan.


Contact information

Pn. Noor Lunar Bt. Md. Salleh

Economic Planning Unit

Prime Minister’s Department

Tel: 03-88723337



Ahmad Hafiz Osman

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Mobile: (012) 302 1234                      


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