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Symposium on Global and National Perspectives on Implementation of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Workshop on National
Perspectives on Implementation of the SDGs

29 February - 1 March 2016 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Dais at the opening of the symposium (L-R) Mazlin Mokhtar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia;
K. Yogeesvaran, Economic Planning Unit; Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia; Norichika Kanie, Keio University and UNU-IAS; and Raslan Ahmad, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Techology (MIGHT).

The symposium on Global and National Perspectives on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) convened on the morning of 29 February 2016, followed by a workshop on National Perspectives on Implementation of the SDGs, which took place from 29 February – 1 March 2016. The two events took place at Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, UN agencies, Member States and partners have begun to focus their attention on implementation of the SDGs. Dialogues at the two events in Malaysia engaged participants from the region and beyond in sharing their perspectives on how the global goals can be translated into national contexts and effectively implemented, taking into account national priorities, capabilities and circumstances. The half-day symposium discussed national implementation of the SDGs and highlighted the role of science, technology and innovation in achieving the SDGs. The one-and-a-half-day workshop discussed national preparedness for delivery of the SDGs, stakeholders’ roles, follow-up and review, and interlinkages among the national, regional and global levels of implementation.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) jointly organized the events. Supporting partners included: the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT); the Office of the Science Advisor; the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS); University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and LESTARI; the Keio Research Institute; and the Project On Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (S-11 project of the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund, or POST2015).

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided a briefing note from the Symposium on Global and National Perspectives on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Workshop on National Perspectives on Implementation of the SDGs, which is available in HTML and PDF format.

Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Mazlin Mokhtar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Symposium participants
Ivonne Lobos Alva, IASS
Jatna Supriatna, SDSN Indonesia

Photos courtesy of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)

Funding for coverage of the Symposium on Global and National Perspectives on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Workshop on National Perspectives on Implementation of the SDGs, has been provided by the Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST2015), funded by the Japanese Ministry of Environment
Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST2015), funded by the Japanese Ministry of Environment