FAQ

Most Common Questions

What is the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs are integrated — they recognise that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. Countries have committed to prioritise progress for those who’re furthest behind. The SDGs are designed to end poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls. The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context.
What are Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States (including Malaysia) in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the GOALS (2016 – 2030). The SDGs comprise 17 Goals, 169 Targets and 247 Indicators which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environment.
How is Malaysia structuring the SDGs for governance?
The National SDG Governance Structure is led by the National SDG Council and a Steering Committee. There are five Working Committees, one for each cluster. The working committees identifies indicators for each SDG, develops and implements programmes and reports its progress to the Steering Committee and upward to the National SDG Council.
Cluster 1 : INCLUSIVITY
It comprises 4 goals – Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Cluster 2 : WELL-BEING
It comprises 3 goals – Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being, Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Cluster 3: HUMAN CAPITAL
Has 1 Goal – Goal 4: Quality Education
Cluster 4: ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES
Has 6 goals – Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation, Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy, Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14:
Life Below Water, and Goal 15: Life On Land.
Cluster 5: ECONOMIC GROWTH
Has 3 goals : Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure , and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
How is Malaysia aligning its 12th Malaysia Plan to the SDGs?
The goal of the 12th Malaysian Plan (2021 – 2025) is to revive economic growth and ensure that the country’s prosperity is distributed fairly and equitably, without neglecting environmental sustainability. The Government has identified 7 key priorities under the 12th Plan to transform Malaysia into a developed, inclusive and sustainable nation. This includes alleviating poverty and reducing socio-economic gaps by implementing
more comprehensive and targeted programmes. (Source: Malaysia Voluntary National Review 2021)
What are Malaysia’s strategies to advance sustainability and resilience?
  • Advancing green growth and exploring carbon neutral pathways across all economic sectors;
  • Adopting planetary health approach to address environmental degradation and pollution as well as enhancing natural resource conservation and protection of bio-diversity.
  • Managing the oceans and marine resources sustainably to ensure the health of marine ecosystems.
  • Strengthening resilience against climate change and disaster risks by enhancing early warning systems, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Enhancing energy sustainability and transforming the water sector.
  • Accelerating the implementation of circular economy and improving waste management.
  • Promoting development of green and resilient cities and townships, as well as green mobility.
  • Expanding government green procurement and green market by providing targeted incentives to the private sector to invest in new green technologies, products and services.
  • Enhancing communication, education and public awareness to instil knowledge, ownership and shared responsibility among citizens.
What is Green Growth Asia Foundation’s role in propelling green growth in Asia?
Green Growth Asia Foundation is a strategic partnership collaborator, identifying potential and viable green growth projects, and bringing together organisations and people with the right expertise to successfully plan, implement and manage the project to fruitful completion and sustainability. Among projects that have been implemented include Rainwater Harvesting for Malacca Eco-Schools, Sea Turtle Friendly Light Project in Kemunting Beach, Water Conservation Project, to name a few. On a regional scale, GGAF collaborates with many international partners to spearhead discussions and action plans for Green Cities in Asia.
What is GGAF’s direction in Education for Sustainable Development?
GGAF believes that youth in Asia must have knowledge in key areas of climate change, energy consumption, water conservation, green living etc, to make good decisions that ensure sustainability on the planet. To spearhead this education stream, GGAF has implemented a nationwide program for educators to be trained in aspects of Sustainability and build the capacities of the educators to effectively undertake teaching the many environmental learning programmes to students. Our aim is aligned to UN SDGs, that by 2030, we would have developed a registry of educators in schools and universities who have been empowered and equipped with the knowledge, skills, values and behaviors that are required to achieve sustainable development.
What is the importance of partnership in achieving GGAF’s goals and targets?
There are many like-minded organisations in the region and globally that are working towards achieving the UN SDGs goals and targets, with expertise in sciences, management, finance, education and many more. While GGAF collaborates with local organisations, it also partners with
regional and global organisations to help in implementing effective and targeted capacity-building to support national plans that realise the sustainable development goals.

GGAF’s vast networking capabilities is focused on encouraging and promoting effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

How can a local company make the transformation to adopt Green Growth choices in their operations?
GGAF runs workshops and webinars targeted to small, medium and large organisations in business, to understand more about making green growth decisions in their business operations. GGAF collaborates with the Global RCE Network (Regional Centres of Expertise) Education for Sustainable Development that reaches out to businesses operating in and supporting their local communities. The RCE network brings together multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary members who might not usually work together. As such, they are uniquely placed to help create solutions to sustainability challenges through dialogue, education and learning. They are highly influential policy advocates, able to test policies individually and work collectively to bring policy to scale and advice on future actions. Through these efforts, RCEs help prepare local leaders of tomorrow with
the tools and information they need to make smart and sustainable choices for the future. RCE efforts encourage innovation and new approaches to sustainable development. They translate existing knowledge into concrete actions and empower individuals to make sustainable choices for themselves and their communities. Contact us for more information.