Sustainability Starts Where We Stand


As the world’s population inches closer to the eight billion mark and the Earth’s resources fast become depleted, humanity’s future hangs in a balance. The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals is a veritable collective effort and its success will depend on the strong will by governments – Penang’s included.

In October 2018 the Penang state government became the first state in Malaysia to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to ensure that the state’s future development is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to develop an evaluation framework with clear performance indicators.

Penang2030: A Family-focused Green and Smart State to Inspire the Nation, launched late last year, aims to improve liveability, economy, civil participation and balanced development – in line with the SDGs.

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