In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UTM as a member of Sustainable Development Solutions Network try to follow the SDGs adoption and implementation, UTM SDSN committed to supporting the multilevel governance (local, national and global) of SDGs through the upscaling of potential techno-socio solution oriented which are issue/ problem based and multisectoral approach. UTM SDSN also works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society to contribute to climate-resilient and green growth development.
Objective SDSN in Malaysia
- To promote expert advice and support the sustainable development processes in Malaysia including implementing the SDGs and Post 2015 development, New Economic Model and Sustainable Development Goals 2030 indicator; (SDSN Malaysia);
- To identify priority themes and critical pathways essential for Malaysia to move towards sustainable development and mobilize expert accordingly;
- To identify, yet, promote and ultimately up-scale sustainable development solutions in Malaysia and beyond by mobilizing universities and other stakeholders.
The establishment of the unique UTM SDSN is a synergized approach of triangulation between the science-technical-and social approach. Oriented as an issue-based and interdisciplinary with solution-oriented, UTM SDSN recognizes the Sustainability Science approach in his approach adopting sustainable development. This is in line with the latest approach in mobilizing Sustainable Development Goals by using sustainability science.
Trying to operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2030) in or context as Higher Education Institution (HEI), the operationalization of the Goals internally will be the triangulation of teaching-research- campus operation while the external approach will open up the chance for the academia vis-à-vis the institution function as a non-state actor, NSA in facilitate the civil society, government, industry/ private sector in positively response to the global climate change challenge.
Research Institute for Sustainable Environment (RISE) together with the UTM Campus Sustainability and Sustainability Research Unit, Institute Sultan Iskandar will take the lead the spearhead the spirit of sustainability solution-oriented approach in the campus and beyond. The UTM SDSN approach will be the advancement of the past or existing research output, translate it into layman language in order to support the science-based policy for the government. Realize our strength and uniqueness as a technical university, whose receive a research university status, MyRA, the university adopts the Quadruple Helix approach which connecting the Academia-Industry-Government-Community in implementable and action research for the society (https://ccin.utm.my).
‘Practice What We Preach’, the campus function as a living lab in downscaling the global, national and sub-national agenda into a local context using a simple term. By using the vertical approach and the horizontal – cross-sectoral approach.
Objectives of UTM SDSN
- To disseminate information about SDSN activities and programs to various faculty members and/or disciplines and build internal/external institutional linkages related to Sustainable Development agenda;
- To build a cohort of faculty across different disciplines who are interested in climate change and sustainability and would like to build climate change and sustainability themes into their own curricula as well as create new interdisciplinary courses that examine these themes;
- To facilitate UTM SDSN Campus Youth Coordinator, to develop outreach programs to communities around the campus and beyond that can helps educate the communities about the key issues surrounding climate change and sustainability;
- To promote and upscale the UTM expertise and research output for potential solutions in sustainable development in Malaysia