The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has announced a $10 million gift from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation in support of a strategic collaboration aligned with the UN’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The gift will fund a range of sustainable development initiatives, including the establishment of the Jeffrey D. Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the launch of a masters' program in Sustainable Development Practice that will serve as the flagship program for sustainable development studies in the region; a revision of the Global Masters in Development Practice curriculum to reflect the new challenges and opportunities of the SDG era and influence participating universities around the world; and the development of a full program on sustainable development through the network’s flagship online education initiative, SDSNedu.
The gift also will support and strengthen the core activities of the SDSN Secretariat, including the development of new tools, as well as a partnership between SDSN and Sunway to create up to ten textbooks focused on the SDGs and establish a global library of reference books and case studies aligned with a comprehensive SDG curriculum.
"This partnership signals the vision of Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah in recognizing that sustainable development is the defining challenge of our times," said Sachs, director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and special advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "This generous gift by Jeffrey Cheah 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 and the best way to address them: by engaging young minds and directing their energies toward the complex challenges and opportunities of the SDGs."