Dewan Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin,
Kampung Gong Badak, 21300, Terengganu

Date : 19 May 2024

Time : 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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17 Expert Speakers

30 Exhibitors

SDG Forum

Youth Workshop

Technical Visit

Malaysia SDG Summit 2024:
Wilayah Timur

Malaysia SDG Summit 2023 -2024

The Malaysia SDG Summit 2023-2024 is a series of summits presented by the Ministry of Economy with the theme, “SDGs Local Actions for Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Malaysia” and is implemented by stages according to region involving Economic Corridor Authorities and State Governments. The summit has been carried out in the Southern Region, Northern Region, as well as in Sabah and Sarawak.  The Eastern Region is the final leg in these series and will give way to Malaysia National SDG Summit 2024 scheduled in July 2024.

Malaysia has adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development document which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Ministry of Economy has been given the mandate to be the focal point in empowering and intensifying programmes as well as monitoring the progress of SDGs implementation at national level.

Malaysia SDG Summit 2024: Wilayah Timur

The Ministry of Economy has appointed the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) as the coordinator for Malaysia SDG Summit 2024: Wilayah Timur. The objective of organising such summits at regional level is to enable local participation, as well as publicize the achievements and challenges of SDG implementation in each region, and Malaysia in general.

Spanning across the 4 East Coast Economic Region (ECER) states – Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, and Mersing and Segamat in Johor, the Malaysia SDG Summit 2024: Wilayah Timur features on-the-ground community-based programmes, workshops and talks in spreading the awareness to the people of ECER.

  • Prelude Events in Kelantan, Pahang and Johor 
  • Technical Visit to Setiu Wetlands, Terengganu  
  • Main Event in Terengganu – Regional Forum 

Regional Forum

The 1-day forum will bring together over 1,000 participants from various sectors to support the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The keynotes and sessions will focus on socioeconomic topics of the east coast region of Peninsular Malaysia

  • 30 exhibitors
  • 5 keynote speakers
  • 4 Expert Sharing
  • 2 Minister Speeches
  • 1 Youth Environment Living Lab (YELL) Workshop 

Youth Workshop

The Youth Environment Living Lab (YELL) for Local Action workshop will align with the Summit’s theme of “SDG’s Local Action for Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Malaysia” by providing 50 youth participants a platform to identify and discuss key environmental issues in their local communities. With a focus on the People and Planet aspects of the Summit, this workshop aims to build capacity, empower strategic communications regarding environmental issues, and encourage collaborative community projects and advocacy led by young people. This interactive workshop will also showcase environmental conservation and sustainability efforts by YELL network partners based in Terengganu, with opportunities for participants to volunteer in their initiatives.  YELL is a joint programme of UNDP and UNICEF in collaboration with Amanah Lestari Alam (ALAM) and European Union (EU). 

Workshop Agenda 
Time  Activity 
9.00 am – 9.15 am  Ice Breaker 
9.15 am – 9.30 am  What is YELL? 
9.30 am – 10.30 am  Session by YELL Network Partner on Heritage Preservation in Terengganu  Jejak Warisan 
10.30 am – 10.45 am  Break 
10.45am – 11.30 am  Session by YELL Network Partner on Sustainable Packaging in Terengganu  Uni Parcel Station, UniSZA   
11.30am – 11.45am  Break + Exhibition Viewing 
11.45am – 1.00pm  Advocacy with YELL: Media Literacy, Network Mapping + Group Activity 
1.00pm – 2.00pm  Lunch 
2.10pm – 2.50pm  Session by YELL Network Partner on Marine Environment and Turtle Conservation in Terengganu   Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU)  Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) 
3.00om – 3.45pm  Session by YELL Network Partner on Eco-Tourism and Wetlands Conservation in Terengganu  EcoSWeD Initiative, Setiu Wetlands 
3.45pm – 3.55pm  Workshop Evaluation & Closing 

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Malaysia SDG Summit 2024: Wilayah Timur Regional Forum

Main Event (Sunday, 19 May 2024)

SDG Community in ECER

To empower communities and local youths with hands-on workshops focusing on the 17 SDGs and 5 themes for a brighter future 

Laman Warisan Kampung Laut, Kelantan 3 May 2024 


ECERDC undertook the conservation and restoration of a 400-year old Masjid Kampung Laut and relocated it to its original site. This is an effort to preserve the rich historical, cultural and architectural features of the mosque and create a heritage landmark in Kelantan. 

The SDG 11 – Protecting World Cultural and Natural Heritage Awareness Programme and open event features knowledge-sharing by the Department of National Heritage and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan’s Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics. Eye-opening activities include batik and wau making showcase, and Dikir Barat Performance by Kelantan Tourism Information Centre.  

Strategic Partners

SDG Indicators

Tasik Chini, Pahang 11 May 2024


The conservation and rehabilitation of the iconic lotus by ECERDC, in collaboration with the Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) and Tasik Chini Research Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (PPTC-UKM) have seen the return of the pink lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), which is native to Tasik Chini. 

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem of Tasik Chini Awareness Programme with students from Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah aims to spread awareness about Tasik Chini and the importance it is to the communities surrounding it. Activities include an exciting exploration of Tasik Chini by boat, a heartfelt visit to the Orang Asli Village Tanjung Putut, rejuvenating nature trail exploration, and sharing on biodiversity and conservation of Tasik Chini. 

Strategic Partners

SDG Indicators

Kampungstay@Teluk Buih, Mersing 12 May 2024


Mersing district in Johor is an important southern gateway for ecotourism, as well as coastal and island tourism in the ECER. The tourism sector is developed based on the ‘Rainforest to Reef’ (R2R) concept, focusing not only on its rainforest and island assets but also the integrated urban and coastal tourism assets in Mersing. 

Kampungstay@Teluk Buih is the latest niche tourism destination which was completed in November 2023 provides an immersive experience in a village setting for tourists.  

In collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and supported by SDG 11, 12, and 13 Champions in Mersing – Global Environment Centre (GEC), Tengah Island Conservation (TIC), and Reef Check Malaysia, the workshop aims to educate the youths on the importance of protecting the ocean and islands including reef and marine biodiversity. Activities include tree-planting, fun and games

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18 May 2024​

The East Coast Economic Region (ECER) is rich with natural assets such as tropical rainforests, rivers, lakes, wetlands and thriving marine ecosystems, and ECERDC as the statutory body responsible in spearheading the development projects and programmes in the Region is guided by an environmental policy that prioritises sustainable development. 

This technical visit features Setiu Wetlands as it contains the largest heath forest in Malaysia and is recognized as one of the most important wetland systems in the Peninsular Malaysia. 

Comprising part of the Setiu River Basin and the larger Setiu-Chalok-Bari-Merang basin wetlands, the wetlands are a crucial source of fresh water and other natural resources for local communities and support globally significant biodiversity values. It also plays a significant role in flood mitigation.  

Hosted by the State Park Management Council (MPTN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Setiu District Office, the technical visit will highlight the hidden gem of Terengganu and efforts by various stakeholders including local communities in preserving and uplifting eco-tourism efforts in Setiu, Terengganu.  

To know more about things to do in Setiu, Terengganu, read UNDP’s article on 48 Hours in Setiu

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Dewan Al-Muktafi Billah Shah
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kampung Gong Badak, 21300, Terengganu


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