Roundtable on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Making climate-resilient development a policy priority in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur 
23-24 July 2019

Changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, and greater extreme weather events are big indicators of the climate change phenomenon. Recognising the impacts of these weather events, the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015. Countries agreed to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius and make efforts to limit the temperature increment to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that even 1.5 degrees warming would cause severe climate impacts. Therefore, the global community is moving towards intensifying mitigation and adaptation efforts. Despite these efforts, translating the international agreements into national policies and instruments for meaningful impact on addressing climate change remains a challenge.

Roundtable participants gather for a group shot.

In Malaysia specifically, the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) was formulated in 2010 to ensure a climate-resilient development. However, there are gaps in terms of its implementation, such as in legal, technical, institutional aspects. There are also limitations in terms of a clear roadmap for the future.

Following this, the Roundtable on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was organised by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) to address the implementation challenges by providing recommendations towards the improvement of the NCCP in a wider and holistic context.

Participants listening to the talks during the discussion.

Representatives from the government, academia, and NGOs attended the meeting. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head for the MIMA Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER) was invited to speak at Session 1 of the roundtable, focusing on climate change projection, addressing the vulnerabilities, impacts, and adaptive capacity in Malaysia in different sectors.

The meeting discussed the climate change policy at length, linking climate change adaptation to development policy, planning and implementation, as well as social responsibility for climate action towards an enabling environment for proactive solutions to address the issues and challenges. Notable recommendations that came from the forum included the need to adopt nature-based solutions to address issues faced in Malaysia. 

The meeting discussed, amongst others, for nature-based solutions to address some of the issues and challenges faced.

ISIS will be putting together a policy brief of the issues and concerns discussed, as well as recommendations to address challenges faced in the country, as an outcome document from the meeting.

MIMA will continue to play a role and support similar initiatives, especially in terms of policy research focusing on coastal and marine climate change issues and impacts in Malaysia, to contribute towards addressing the issue at the national and regional levels.

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