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‘M’sia can lead in implementation of UN sustainable development goals’

The Star
December 15, 2016

By Hanis Zainal

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia can position itself as a leader in implementing United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute’s (Asli) Centre for Public Policy Studies.

Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said that this was because the recently announced Transformation National (TN50) plan had touched on the essence of the 17 SDGs laid out by the UN.

Ramon, who is a director of Asli, said that the 17 goals included zero hunger, quality education, and gender equality. Malaysia, he said, was already successful in the “no poverty” aspect.

“Malaysia has practically erased poverty, according to the assessment by the UN and World Bank Studies,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said that the Government had also been making headway into transforming the nation’s economy from reliance on mostly agriculture to diversification under the “industry innovation and infrastructure” aspect of the SDGs.

“It has been quite impressive in Malaysia as we have moved successfully from agriculture into manufacturing and industrial innovation,” he said.

“But to move forward more deliberately and to avoid being caught in the middle-income trap, we have to innovate even more,” he warned, adding that the country was however constrained by limited research capabilities and brain drain.

He said that one of the most important aspects of the SDG that everyone needed to pay attention to is climate action.

“Climate action is becoming more urgent as the world suffers more and more from growing carbon footprint, global warming and disastrous climate changes globally.

“There has to be greater international consensus and even sanctions against those countries that do not comply with the reduction of carbon emission targets,” he said.

Malaysians, he added, needed to be committed in taking action to reduce carbon emissions.

Ramon released the statement in conjunction with the launch of the Jeffrey Sachs Center at Sunway University here.

The centre was made possible with a US$10mil (RM44.46mil) contribution by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

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