UNDP Partners Pangkor Dialogue 2017

Aug 15, 2017


IPOH, 7 AUGUST 2017: The Institut Darul Ridzuan (IDR) organised the Pangkor Dialogue 2017 Soft Launch at WEIL Hotel in Ipoh today with the aim of promoting the Pangkor Dialogue 2017 and announcing the event's strategic partners and sponsors who have given their undivided support in realising this remarkable, must-attend annual forum that brings together key stakeholders in the field of sustainable and inclusive development.

The theme for this year's Pangkor Dialogue is Making the Future: Innovative Pathways to Sustainable Development. This theme builds on the themes from past Pangkor Dialogues on the importance of exchanging ideas and gathering inputs on how best to pursue and implement the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for a better world.

Sustainable Development Goals is an international effort through the United Nations to transform our world through 17 major goals. The aim of this global effort is to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved until the year 2030.

These goals include eradication of poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, climate action and quality education.

Since its inception about five years ago, the Pangkor Dialogue's main focus has been to gather thinkers, subject-matter experts and researchers, industry leaders, community activists, academicians and global movers and shakers to share their knowledge and ideas; innovations and solutions; researches and studies; and perspectives on the various focus areas under the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this respect, the Pangkor Dialogue, which has earned the international distinction of being a unique dialogue event on sustainable development, continues to identify innovations and solutions towards sustainable development.

Continuing its goal to push for greater sharing of ideas and knowledge in the area of inclusive and sustainable development, the Pangkor Dialogue this year - which will be held at Casuarina@Meru Hotel, Ipoh, Perak on 11 and 12 September 2017 - will attempt to find breakthrough ideas, inputs and solutions through 10 focus groups. These are economy, regional development, entrepreneurship and innovation, women, nation building, environment, sustainable development, aging and elderly, affordable housing and youth.

The focus groups mentioned above is one of several activities which the IDR, as the host and main organiser of the Pangkor Dialogue 2017, has identified to obtain inputs on the issue of meeting the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals. IDR has partnered up with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) to host this year's event.

Besides the focus groups, IDR will also gather knowledge and solutions through presentations of research papers and studies, the Perak Festival of Ideas, Asia Pacific Social Business Forum and ASEAN Ministers' Dialogue, among others.

“UNDP applauds the state government of Perak’s initiative through the Pangkor Dialogue to explore the numerous opportunities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; with a focus at sub-national level. Imbedding the SDGs into policies at both federal and state level policies represents a clear path to the core principles of Agenda 2030, which are ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘environmental sustainability” says Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.

According to IDR Chief Executive Officer Dr Mazalan Kamis, the Pangkor Dialogue this year is expected to attract more than 1,500 delegates from around the world.

"We believe more countries will take part in this year's Pangkor Dialogue. Last year, we saw participation of delegates from 27 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, East Asian countries and members of the ASEAN."

Dr Mazalan expressed his confidence that this year's Pangkor Dialogue will provide delegates of participating countries as well as local experts and thinkers tangible solutions which can be implemented by them to achieve the 17 goals outlined under the Sustainable Development Goals.

"Pangkor Dialogue stands a chance at being a global platforn for a meaningful discourse on development. It is my hope that in not too distant a future, Pangkor Dialogue will become synonymous with global dialogue on development."

More than 70 speakers are expected to share their experiences, and expertise with the delegates throughout the two-day dialogue event.  

Individuals, groups or organisations who wish to participate in the Pangkor Dialogue 2017 are welcome to register themselves at www.pangkordialogue.com.




For any inquiries, please contact:

Ahmad Fahmy
Institut Darul Ridzuan


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