The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) got a step closer to attainment in April due to a US$10 million gift from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, a Malaysia-based higher education foundation that owns 12 learning institutions. The gift will establish the Jeffrey D. Sachs Center on Sustainable Development in Kuala Lumpur. The center will be hosted by Sunway University (SU) and supported by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) as a regional center of excellence that advances achievement of the SDGs in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
The gift will support a host of initiatives, including the launch of a master’s degree in sustainable practice at Sunway University; the development of an online program in sustainable development available through SDSN; and the creation of up to ten textbooks focused on the SDGs.
According to Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN director and special advisor to the U.N.’ssecretary-general Ban Ki-moon, “This generous gift will create and curate the world’s best curriculum, academic, and executive programs on sustainable development. Importantly, this partnership focuses on the development challenges in Southeast Asia.”