What is Sustainable Development?

"Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need." 

              - World Commission on Environment and Development’s report 
(the Brundtland Commission) Our Common Future, 
Oxford University Press, 1987

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News Highlights

“Building Resilience to Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability to Meet Water Security Challenges" Workshop



The Deputy Director of CGSS, Dr Mohd Sayuti Hassan has been invited to become one of the panels in a regional workshop titled “Building Resilience to Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability to Meet Water Security Challenges” organized by UNESCO, in partnership with River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC) Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on 10 to 11 July 2017 in Langkawi, Kedah. The regional workshop gathered experts working in the field of water to share their knowledge and best practices in improving the water security particularly in Asia. The workshop is jointly organized by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the UNESCO Jakarta as Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Sayuti contributed his knowledge regarding Disaster Risk Management in the panel sessions of Day 1 and Day 2 “Asia-Africa Science Policy Dialogue on Building Resilience to Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability to Meet Water Security Challenges”.

Erasmus Mundus Summer School Programme


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 CGSS has become one of the hosts for three students from European universities who took part in Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees Programme from 3-7 July 2017. The summer school programme exposed the students to experience the unique culture and dynamics ecology of tropical environment in Malaysia, particularly in Penang as well as learn about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The activities include attending lectures on SDGs on 3 Pillars and field visit around Penang Island. The students were taken to some interesting places within Penang Island such as the Penang Hill, USM Museum and Gallery, and many more as well as they were given the oppportunity to taste some famous local food. CGSS also took them to take part in celebrating the Penang Heritage Day with the locals, which falls on 7 July every year. The students will be hosted by other schools in USM for the next 5 weeks.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs):  

  • are joint Master level study programmes carried out by consortia of European universities
  • provide scholarships for students from the whole world to study in Europe 
  • give the students a chance to study at least two European countries
  • offer double or joint Master degrees at the end of successful completion of the programme (Source: Erasmus Mundus Association)

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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WSU101 Special Lecture

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CGSS and a private company, Nagata Advertising Co. Ltd. (Japan) have collaborated to organize a special lecture to approximately 500 WSU101 students on 11 April 2017 at Lecture Hall SK3, USM. Ms Unno Mizue and Dr Wong Lai Yong were invited to give lecture on Business & Sustainable Development: Case Study in Myanmar. Students were also given the opportunity to discuss on the issue and present the outcome of the discussion during the session. The next special lecture is expected to be held again in the next semester. 

Establishing Collaboration with Permata Negara

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8 June 2017 | Permata Negara, Putrajaya


CGSS-Ministry of Rural and Regional Development Meeting

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25 May 2017 | Ministry of Rural and Regional Development Office, Kuala Lumpur

Green Campus Sustainability Convention

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CGSS Visit ASEAN Secretariat 

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 21-22 May 2017 | Jakarta, Indonesia

CGSS Visit to BKKBN Jakarta

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20-21 May 2017 | Badan Koordinasi Keluarga Berencana Nasional (BKKBN), Jakarta, Indonesia

WSU 101 Exhibition

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WSU101 (Sustainability: Issues, Challenges and Prospects) Exhibition was held on 8-12 May 2017 at Hamzah Sendut Library. In WSU101 course, each group is required to carry out sustainability-related projects within USM campus. The exhibition allowed the WSU101 student to showcase their mini projects to other students as well as spreading awareness with regard to sustainability among USM community.


Sustainable Campus Evaluation 

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USM has been selected as one of public universities to take part in the sustainable campus evaluation by SWCorp. Each participating universities will be evaluated based on the activities and achievements which are related to sustainability. The event was held on 8 May 2017 at Dewan Tuanku  Syed Putra (DTSP), USM.


Sixth Meeting of the ICG/PTWS Regional Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System in the South China Sea Region

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CGSS team was invited to attend the Sixth Meeting of the ICG/PTWS Regional Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System in the South China Sea Region, held on 1-3 March 2017 at Ocean Hotel, Shanghai, China. The meeting was to discuss on the progress on the development of the South China Sea Tsunami Advisory Center (SCSTAC) and other arising matters. The meeting was attended by several tsunami experts from countries within the South China Sea region; Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines. CGSS team was invited to be the observer for the meeting and was given the opportunity to present the progress of the collaboration project between CGSS and UNESCO IOTIC to get input and comments from the experts. The team also took the opportunity to create network with other delegates pertaining to disaster risk management. 

 Farewell Ceremony for CGSS Director

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CGSS bid farewell to Prof Dr Kamarulazizi Ibrahim who will be retiring on 13 March 2017. The farewell ceremony was attended by CGSS council members, his current and former colleagues, staff, and students from CGSS and other schools in USM. Prof Dr Kamarulazizi was the third person to be appointed as the director of CGSS and took over the leadership from the former directors, Prof Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid and Assoc Prof Dr Norizan Md. Noor  from 2013 until 13 March 2017. After his retirement, CGSS will be lead by the new director, Dr Suzyrman Sibly, the deputy director of CGSS.

 SDGs in Higher Education in Malaysia

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A discussion on Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education in Malaysia was successfully held on 8 February 2017 at CGSS Conference Room. The discussion was attended by lecturers and students from different schools in USM. CGSS Director and senior lecturers started the morning session by presenting their views on SDGs and explaining the indicators related to the higher education context in Malaysia. The evening session focused on giving input and idea on how higher education in Malaysia could help in achieving the goals.

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 UNESCO JAKARTA-CGSS Collaboration Project

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The Programme Officer of  the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre– UNESCO/IOC, Ardito M. Kodijat visited CGSS on 21 December 2016 at CGSS Building, USM. The visit was to discuss and strengthen the communication with regard to a collaboration project between UNESCO Jakarta and CGSS.

SEASN 4th Board Meeting & International Conference On Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2016)

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SEASN organized its 4th Board Meeting and International Conference On Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2016) on 7 to 8 December 2016 at Universiti Sains Malaysia. The conference was launched by YBhg. Datuk Prof Dr Roziah Omar, representative of the Deputy Director of Higher Education Malaysia. The conference supported by the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO is aimed to seek strong collaboration and cooperation among all organisations in South East Asia Countries in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information, visit SEASN & ICSDG2016 website

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Official Launching Ceremony of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSE)


The Deputy Director of CGSS, Dr Suzyrman Sibly was invited to the official launching ceremony of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC) on 8-9 December 2016 at Sunway University. The purpose of the centre is to support and execute extensive collaboration on sustainable development as the global community led by the United Nations starts the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For more information about the event, click here

Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy & Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions

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CGSS director, Prof Dr Kamarulazizi Ibrahim participated a three-day (23-25 November 2016) international conference, Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy & Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions, hosted by UNESCO and Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) at PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The participants of the conference were given the opportunity to discuss on the thematics areas of SDGs (1,2,3,6,7,9,11,15,17) and propose guidelines and strategies to make use of the resources; water, energy and food  security, more effectively.

MSDP Students Visit Bandung City


Seven MSDP students paid a visit to Bandung, Indonesia to meet the Bandung City mayor, Ridwan Kamil at Bandung City Meeting Room on 22 November 2016.

Public Talk 5 on Sustainable Development Series- What are We Losing from Nature?

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2 November 2016- CGSS hosted its fifth public talk series on Sustainable Development on 1 November 2016. The title of the public talk was What are We Losing from Nature which was delivered by the senior lecturer of School Industrial Technology USM and the council member CGSS, Dr Muhammad Izzuddin Syakir Ishak at SK3 Hall, USM. 

Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

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CGSS Director, Prof Dr Kamarulazizi Ibrahim attended the Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 17-19 October 2016, organized by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and hosted by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment of the Government of Sri Lanka. 

He was appointed as one of the forum speakers in which he shared his experience and knowledge with regard to his project titled Building Capacity for Reducing Loss and Damage Resulting from Slow and Rapid Onset Climatic Extremes through Risk Reduction and Proactive Adaptation within the Broader Context of Sustainable Development in the forum session; Collectively Addressing Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Loss & DamageThe project is the second project which was awarded to him by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN-GCR) in 2015. 

The forum with the theme “Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice” aims to bring together policymakers, scientists, donors, youth, and representatives from over 50 countries.

For more information about the event, click here.

For more information about the project, click here.


Public Talk 4 on Sustainable Development Series- 2020: Fantasy or Reality?

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27 September 2016- CGSS hosted its fourth public talk series on Sustainable Development on 27 September 2016. The title of the public talk was 2020: Fantasy or Reality? which was delivered by the senior lecturer of CGSS, Dr Radieah Mohd Nor at SK3 Hall, USM. 

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WSSD-U-2016 @ MIT

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CGSS Director, Prof Kamarulazizi Ibrahim attended the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA from 14-16 September 2016.  He presented three papers titled 1) The Sustainability Journey of USM: Solution Oriented Campus Ecosphere for Vitalising Higher Education Action on GAP, 2) Increasing Student Participation and Engagement in Sustainability Projects in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) through Kampus Sejahtera and WSU101: Sustainability Course for Undergraduates and 3) Energy Consumption in Student Hostels of Universiti Sains Malaysia: Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Awareness at the event. The WSSD-U series; the world´s leading series of events, aim to offer a platform in which academic, technical and support staff concerned with sustainability issues at universities may meet, interact and exchanges ideas and information. The event is also aimed at promoting innovative approaches,  methods and projects, thus furthering the cause of sustainability at universities. It encompasses, teaching, research, campus greening and  extension. WSSD-U-2016 was expected to gather up to 200 participants from over 25 countries.

The next WSSD-U will be hosted by Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2018. For more information about the event, please click here 

 [Source: https://sustainability.mit.edu/wssd2016]

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