In a United Nation (UN) Summit that was held on September 2015, the world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to call for actions by all countries to create a sustainable world. The SDGs, which consist of 169 targets, later came into force on January 2016, aiming to stimulate actions by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet to achieve sustainable development that meets the needs of the present and future generations by 2030.
According to Penang Paradigm – the Penang state development plan that was introduced in 2013 has made sustainability a major element in the state development strategy. The 17 SDGs that were introduced in 2015, has called for a review on the state development pathways and strategies to enhance long term sustainability of Penang.
Aims & Objectives
This symposium serves as a platform for stakeholders – government agencies, academicians, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local communities and private sector to discuss approaches and initiatives that should be taken to make Penang a green and sustainable state by 2030, by incorporating the SDGs into the state development strategies.
The symposium will generate inputs to develop Penang Green Agenda (PGA), which will document strategies discussed by referring to the SDGs. Objectives of the symposium are:
- To discuss current and future environmental challenges that should be addressed in Penang.
- To introduce SDGs to the stakeholders of Penang and to suggest targets and SDGs that should be prioritised to enhance environmental sustainability of Penang.
- To foster a multi-stakeholders discussion in making Penang a green and sustainable state.