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The Grand 72nd UN Day at JW Marriott

The United Nations was founded in 1945 with the hopes of bringing peace, security, human rights and development. To celebrate the 72nd anniversary of its founding, the UN Country Team in Malaysia organized a celebratory event at the JW Marriott hotel in Kuala Lumpur. UNAM Youth members were invited to attend this special event.

The day was filled with speeches from various influential figures. Stefan Priesner, the United Nations Representative in Malaysia spoke on the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being the driving force behind it. Malaysia was congratulated for its proactiveness and forward thinking in taking strides towards achieving the SDGs. We would like to note that this is largely due to Malaysia’s strife in incorporating SDGs into the Transformasi Nasional 2050 plan, of which the most recent incorporation was the TN50xSDGs huddle held at Sunway University (Tan Kian Leong wrote a brilliant piece on this that can be found here). That said, Mr. Priesner emphasised that the pace can and should be accelerated, a view shared with the current Sec-Gen of UN, Antonio Guterres

The Guest of Honour, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department elaborated on Malaysia’s efforts towards realising SDGs, and the enactment of legislations to achieve these goals. Datuk Seri further highlighted that the UN is of pertinence in Malaysia, noting that three UN bodies have their Regional Headquarters here.

UN Malaysia Awards 2017 followed thereafter. We congratulate PACOS Trust, Zero Waste Malaysia and Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria for receiving the award. PACOS Trust is an NGO that engages in the social work of empowering indigenous peoples of Sabah. Zero Waste Malaysia is a community-focused NGO focused on sustainable and zero-waste living. Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria is an academician, hailing from University Kebangsaan Malaysia, who has wrote several papers on analysing and recommending policies based on sustainable development challenges in Malaysia.

The UN Day ended with high-tea in the Grand Ballroom.

Prepared by: Afif Ridhwan Roslan and Timothy Wong

For UN Malaysia’s official report: