KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 – The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) said today that it is working towards achieving fully developed country status within the next 10 years.
“As the Ministry is formulating the Twelfth Malaysia Plan, 2021-2025, the nation stands guided by the long-term vision of achieving a fully developed country status, to be achieved within the next decade, while ensuring equitable and fair distribution of the country’s prosperity as well as enhancing environmental sustainability as it strives towards enhancing the living standards of all Malaysians,” MEA said in a statement during the inaugural Malaysia Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit 2019.
“The Malaysia SDG Summit 2019 aims to review SDG progress in the country and share best practices, provides a multi-stakeholder platform to identify strategies towards addressing key bottleneck issues, as well as deepens, horizontal and vertical policy coherence vis-à-vis the 2030 Agenda whilst setting in motion a whole of nation approach involving all parts of government.”
The summit has five plenary sessions, namely “Strategies to Leave No One Behind”; “Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: The Role of Institutional Reforms”; “Establishing A Whole of Nation Approach Towards Achieving the SDGs”; “Balancing Economic Growth with Environmental Sustainability”; and “Unlocking Women’s Full Potential”.
“The Mid-Term Review of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, which was launched in October last year reflects the new policy priorities of the government, with all the 17 SDGs fully aligned to the six policy pillars,” said MEA.
Among the ministry’s efforts to implement SDGs are the existing national development plan as well as the National SDG Roadmap.
The first phase of the National SDG Roadmap, which covers the period of 2016 to 2020, coincides with the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, and is a reference point of Malaysia’s commitment to the SDGs with specific actions to achieve them.
The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. Among the goals are “No Poverty”, “Zero Hunger”, “Good Health and Well-being”, “Quality Education”, “Gender Equality”, and “Clean Water and Sanitation”.