On Thursday, October 10, the National Operational Centre of MURNInets were honoured to attend the launching of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia Chapter which held at Dewan Utama, Menara Razak, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) City Campus, Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur.
This event was organised by The Office of the Science Advisor to The Prime Minister, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). The launching was officiated by YB P. Kamalanathan, Deputy Minister of Education II.
SDSN is a global, independent network of research centres, universities and technical institutions that works with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organisations which operates under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. It promotes solution initiatives that demonstrate the potential of technical and business innovation to support sustainable development and helps to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems. It is led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and operates at various scales including national, regional and global scales.
The Malaysia Chapter will host and help coordinate the activities of SDSN within the nation. This will include promoting solutions initiatives and mobilizing key scientific and technical expertise towards implementing action-oriented solutions for the long-term sustainable development of Malaysia.
The launch event includes showcase of the success stories in Malaysia and demonstrate the initiatives had been done by various organisation including our MURNInets. This programme is recognised as one of the models of sustainable development solution initiatives that are currently being undertaken in Malaysia. It was nicely compiled in a booklet titled Rising to the Challenge with a brief introduction of MURNInets and a few other models of sustainable development solution initiatives by various agencies in Malaysia.
During the launch, best practices were discussed in two sessions of Interactive Panel Discussions by distinguished panellist. The first session discussed the best practices of Sustainable Development in Malaysia with the panel from various background representing multi-stakeholders unique perspectives in moving towards solutions for sustainable development and discussing a way forward as well. And the second session discussed the need for linking knowledge to action and demonstrate example where this has been done successfully in scientific and academic community.