PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is on target to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda as set out by the United Nations, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan
Speaking at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York yesterday, Rahman presented the voluntary national review on the country, saying that Malaysia was very much in compliance of the goal related to this year’s theme – “Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World”.
“Malaysia has achieved the biggest reduction in the percentage of population under the poverty line among all countries in Southeast Asia, according to the Asian Development Bank,” Rahman told those in attendance at the HLPF.He added that Malaysia’s progress towards the SDGs was well met by the New Economic Model (NEM), which was introduced by Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2010.
“The success of the NEM, including the theme of ‘Anchoring Growth on People’ in Malaysia’s latest plan, shows our commitment to sustainable development.
“This include the country’s sustained efforts to supplement dietary needs of children from poor families, raise self-sufficiency levels (SSL), and the preparation for the impact of climate-related disasters in efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition,” Rahman said in his speech.
In the area of health care, Rahman said Malaysia provides “flying doctor” services for remote settlements, and is currently focusing on tackling “second-tier” health issues comprising non-communicable diseases.
“Where gender equality is concerned, Malaysia has achieved the 30% target of women in decision-making roles in the public sector and a respectable 7.3% increase of working women at primary level.
“Initiatives in the private sector also helps increasing women’s representation in the board of directors,” he said.
Where the environment is concerned, Rahman said the government has maintained its pledge at the East Summit 1992 of at least 50% of land under forest cover with 55.2% under various forms of protection, in 2015.
“Current efforts include drawing up of the list for threatened species, paired with implementation of innovative methods.”
Human rights and needs
The 17 SDGs adopted by 193 UN members in September 2015 covers a range of basic human rights and needs, that are targeted at being fulfilled by participating nations by 2030.
The SDGs are as follows: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production; climate action; protecting seas; protect wildlife; peace and justice; and, partnerships and collaboration with other nations.
On Dec 9, 2016, towards achieving the SDGs, Prime Minister Najib Razak launched the Professor Jeffrey Sachs Center (JSC) on Sustainable Development Goals at the Sunway University. It is the only such centre in Asia and the second in the whole world.