In the largest celebration ever to commemorate the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), 8,165 Malaysians held hands all around Sunway City marking the 3rd UNSDG anniversary, since its launch on 25th September 2015.
With Sunway University being the centrestage for the event, Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, had lead the largest gathering of Malaysians at the Sunway University foodball field, to hold hands, celebrate and pledge commitments in support for the SDG goals.
8,165 Malaysians Stand In Solidarity For UNSDGs
The number 8,165 represents the nautical miles from Sunway University to the UN’s headquarters in New York, saw more than 8,165 people congregate, join hands and pledge for the 2030 UNSDG.
At the centrestage, the event began with 17 speakers each taking the stage for a one-minute address regarding one Sustainable Development Goal.
Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah spoke for Goal 1 – No Poverty, saying that “Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision making.”
“Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. Social protection systems need to be implimented to help alleviate the suffering of disaster-prone countries and provide support in the face of great economic risks. These systems will help to end extreme poverty in the most impoverished areas,” he added.
- Malaysian singer songwriter Reshmonu spoke for goal 2 – Zero Hunger.
- Managing Director International SOS & Deputy Chairman of British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce, David Ng spoke for Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
- Sunway Education Group senior executive director, Dr Elizabeth Lee spoke for Goal 4 – Quality Education.
- CIMB Foundation CEO, Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin spoke for Goal 5 – Gender Equality.
- Subang Jaya state assemblywoman, YB Michelle Ng spoke for Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation.
- Netherlands Ambassador HE Karin Mossenlechner spoke for Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy.
- BDO Regional senior partner, Dato’ Gan Ah Tee spoke for Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth.
- PwC partner, Hilda Low spoke for Goal 9 – Industry Innovation and Infrastructure.
- Deloitte Country Managing Partner, Yee Wing Peng spoke for Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities.
- HSBC CEO, Stuart Milne spoke for Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.
- Godfather of Comedy, Harith Iskandar spoke for Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.
- National Geographic Explorer filmmaker, Racheal Quek Siew Yean spoke for Goal 13 – Climate Action.
- SEA Games Medal Winner, Sin Li Jane spoke for Goal 15 – Life on Land.
- President of JCI, Professor Datuk Woo Wing Thye spoke for Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
- Trustee of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Tunku Abidin Muhriz spoke for Goal 17 – Partnership for the Goals.
UNSDGs Commitment Towards Creating A Better World
A countdown then ensued, ending with the SDGs anthem being played in the field with SEA Games atheletes and Sunway Universities’ scholars waving giant colorful 17 SDG flags.
Simultaneously, the celebrities, ambassadors, government leaders, representatives from corporations, and people from all walks of life joined in, and swayed in tune to the music, symbolising their pledge to support the UNSDGs, and their commitment towards creating a better world for the current and future generations to come within the key areas for progress.
“It is our hope that this significant public display of support, sheer magnitude of the event and the thousands taking parts will ensure that our message will echo across nation – that we are all in this together, and we must act now for our future,” – Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah.
Dr Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of the Sunway Education Group and Sunway University told, “Three years ago, leaders of around the world gathered at a special UN summit in New York to officially adopt the 17 UNSDGs in both national and international level. It is now our turn to carry their mission; and to be the difference we want to create for the world.”
All 8,165 participants were presented with a certificate of participation and SDG badges, as a memento of the unique event.