SDSN Malaysia

Hosted by:
  • The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC)  at Sunway University
    Bandar Sunway, Malaysia

SDSN Malaysia was established in 2013 to mobilize a community of experts to translate ideas and expertise into practical action towards sustainable development for Malaysia. SDSN Malaysia was one of ten networks that participated in the inaugural Global Solutions Forum. With sustainable cities being core to the network’s focus, SDSN Malaysia showcased a partnership solution for sustainable urban development, using Sunway City as a case study.

ASEAN Sustainable Development Summit

SDSN Malaysia organised the ASEAN Sustainable Development Summit in November 2019 in collaboration with the Jeffrey Sachs Center and the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute. Under the theme of ‘The Future Together: Deepening Partnership for Agenda 2030’, the Summit engaged speakers and participants from ASEAN countries in discussions on how to address issues of environmental degradation and socio-economic wellbeing through suitable public and corporate action. The one-day event provided a platform and practical framework for ministers, policymakers, industry practitioners, civil society activists, and experts to address shared challenges and to discuss feasible and effective implementation strategies and solutions.

SDSN Malaysia’s members have also engaged in noteworthy initiatives:

Sustainability and Livelihood Improvement for Oil Palm Smallholders:

This project by the Center for Sustainable Small-Owners, Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation aims to safeguard independent growers of oil palm and improve their livelihood while ensuring ethical and responsible sourcing, including commitments of no deforestation, no plantation on peatlands and no exploitation in the supply chain. This project is a solutions initiative in line with the Network’s aim to address land-use challenges posed by the palm oil industry.

SDGs & Malaysian Resources Sustainability:

This study by the Centre For Environment, Technology & Development used the SDGs to assess the management of Malaysia’s resources, ranging from water to petroleum. The Network will translate the findings of this study into actionable interventions and present them in a position paper to the relevant stakeholders.

Biodiversity Conservation to Reconcile Cities & Nature:

The RIMBA Project, by Universiti Malaya, is a living lab of biodiversity regeneration in the nation’s capital. It is a walk-in educational nature park showcasing how urban secondary forests provide a habitat for wildlife, help mitigate flash floods, serve as water reserves, and help regulate the climate, thus improving urban livability and sustainability. This project showcases models of sustainable urban solutions that can be promoted by the Network in other cities in Malaysia.

Looking ahead

The Network is part of a working group to generate innovative, solutions-focused research addressing social, technical, policy issues related to COVID-19, vulnerable populations, and wellbeing. The project will integrate methodologies and analytical frameworks to understand social-technical linkages in wellbeing and informational flows.

The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development is a regional center of excellence that advances the achievement of the 17 SDGs in Malaysia and Southeast Asia through education, research, and policy advice. Launched in December 2016, the Center operates out of Sunway University, a leading not-for-profit private university committed to the pursuit of education through scholarship, research, and enterprise. The University is committed to multi-disciplinary research in sustainable development within an urban environment, and promoting health, well-being, and the development of new technologies in addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. To date, the University has drawn more than 26,000 students from over 90 countries to its vibrant, 880,000-square-feet campus.