Malaysia established itself as a leader in the global effort to promote sustainable development with the official launch of the Jeffrey Sachs Center for Sustainable Development at Sunway University. The Center is the first of its kind in Asia.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, officially launched the Center at the university, located in Sunway City — a suburb of Kuala Lumpur. The township is built on what was once barren mining land, but is now home to a vibrant community of 200,000 people living, working, studying and playing in Malaysia’s first Green Building Index-certified township.
In his speech, the Prime Minister hailed the establishment of Jeffrey Sachs Center that it reinforces the government’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and commended the Center for taking a leading role in supporting the government in advancing these goals.
The Center is a catalytic move to mobilise comprehensive collaboration, particularly amongst Southeast Asian nations, to move towards achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University is the result of a gift of USD 10 million from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Malaysia’s largest education-focused social enterprise. To date, the gift is the largest financial commitment focused on SDG education and implementation following the adoption of the 17 goals by 193 members of the UN in September 2015.