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Recap 2023:
UMSDSN Members Attended the SDSN Asia Pacific Solutions Forum (ASPF) 2023 hosted by SDSN and Sunway University

On November 2nd, 2023, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) hosted its inaugural Asia-Pacific Solutions Forum (APSF), themed “Accelerating Local Action for the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific”, at the Sunway Resort Hotel in Sunway City, Malaysia. The APSF brings into focus both challenges and key enablers for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific. Taking inspiration from SDSN’s past four Global Solutions Forums, the APSF showcases research-backed, innovative, replicable, and scalable solutions identified among the members and local business partners of SDSN. This forum and discussion comes at a critical juncture at the Agenda 2030 midpoint, and as progress towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event had 140 in-person attendees including representatives from CSOs, academia, government, and corporate sector.

The solutions presented came from either an SDSN member or a local business partner of a member institution as follows: 

  • Community-led Central Kitchen Model for Feeding School Children by SDSN Philippines presented by Dr. Carmela C. Oracion from the Ateneo Center for Education Development 

  • Net Zero Emissions Roadmap and Tools for Driving Sustainable Postal and Logistics Service Providers from SDSN Thailand presented by Dr. Janya Chanchaichujit from the Prince of Songkla University

  • PARCIS (Portable Archimedes screw): Portable Mini-Hydro Power Plant as an Accelerator of Transition and Decentralization of Clean and Renewable Energy in Supporting the Realization of Local Energy Resilience by SDSN Indonesia presented by Adnan Hasyim Wibowo from the Sustainable Development Goals Hub, University of Indonesia 

  • An Automated Waste Conversion Process to Protein & Oil using Black Soldier Fly Larvae by SDSN Malaysia presented by Sio Chun Jia from Life Origin

  • Mangrove Reforestation: Restoring Ecosystem and Empowering Communities for a Sustainable Future by SDSN Southeast Asia co-presented by Stevanus Wawiyai from the Mangi-Mangi Warrior Raja Ampat and Kelompok Tani Kawan Pesisir and Israruddin, SDSN Southeast Asia Network Manager 

  • Advancing Client-centered Care and Expanding Sustainable Services for TB from SDSN Philippines presented by Elvin Ivan Y. Uy from the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Inc.

Two representatives from UM SDSN Chapter namely Dr. Fong Chng Saun (Institute for Advanced Studies UM) and Mr. Mohd Fadhli Rahmat Fakri (UM Sustainability and Development Centre, secondary contact point for UMSDSN) attended the APSF 2023. Our sincere thanks to SDSN and Sunway University for the invitation to UM SDSN.