published : 16 Oct 2020 at 14:08
Sustainable development goals (SDGs) set out a framework of 17 Goals and 169 targets to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges in the lead-up to 2030.
Business and education sectors can collaborate and mutually play a pivotal role in setting SDGs as a framework for identifying and catalysing collaborative opportunities that take companies beyond “business as usual.”
The ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) is the new ASEAN Centre located at the College of Management, Mahidol University (CMMU). The Centre is one of the deliverables of Thailand ASEAN Chairmanship 2019 that reflects Thailand’s commitment as ASEAN Chairman to promote sustainable development. It serves as a knowledge, political, and developmental platform for coordinating and enhancing cooperation on sustainable development by business and non-business organisations in the region and with the international community.
As suggested by the ASEAN Secretariat, the five complementarities: poverty eradication, infrastructure and connectivity, sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable consumption and production, and collaborative strategies and programmes, may include building resilience towards the impact of climate change and natural disasters.
To achieve such goals, ACSDSD focuses on the development of research and policy dialogues among key stakeholders in order to promote innovation and facilitate inclusive business and developmental participation among our partners.
In 2020, The Centre provides scholarships for researchers and doctoral students in the area of sustainable development, produces media regarding COVID-19 and sustainable management for the public, hosts webinars on Decade of Action, and funds a research project into the impacts of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia.
The success of the SDGs lies in the interlinkages among the SDGs and those who implement them. ACSDSD requires working with academic, business, government and NGO entities to address SDG challenges within an holistic approach. Managed by the college of management at Mahidol University, the centre will incorporate innovations of various natures and forms into SDG-related research activities and dialogues. The connection with the business sector as well as the Thai and international governments will lead to the ACSDSD, Mahidol University, and the ASEAN community having tremendous positive impacts on SDG outcomes.
Nattavud Pimpa is associate professor at the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD), College of Management, Mahidol University
By Nattavud Pimpa