Regional Award Gets UN Malaysia Recognition: Exchange of Document between Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) and United Nations in Malaysia as a Good Practice Award Provider under the TOGETHERforSDGs Hub

Iskandar Malaysia, June 25, 2019 – The United Nations in Malaysia (UN) and the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) pledged to work together towards benchmarking IMSHA against global standards and at the same time promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the TOGETHERforSDGs Hub, at a document exchange ceremony this morning.

Witnessed by YAB Dato’ Dr Sahruddin Jamal, Menteri Besar of Johor, and YBhg Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), the document exchange was fulfilled by Madam Thanam Visvanathan-Suresh, Chairman of IMSHA, and Madam Juanita Joseph, Head of the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RCO) in Malaysia.

Datuk Ismail said, “IMSHA, an initiative under Iskandar Malaysia, truly reflects the spirit of social inclusiveness and volunteerism that the region cherished. Economic growth must be balanced with social development and environmental management for a thriving region like Iskandar Malaysia to be the preferred destination to invest, work, live and play.”

Datuk Ismail added that being acknowledged by the United Nations and chosen as one of their partners will definitely help to put Iskandar Malaysia on the global map and achieve its vision as a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing.

For Thanam, “IMSHA is an annual event to ‘Spot, Recognise and Empower’ individuals (NGIs), organisations (NGOs) and corporate organisations who are making a difference in our communities through social service. The partnership is a testament that IMSHA is a programme that deserves global recognition with its existing best practice model that will be further enhanced by incorporating the SDGs.”

Entering its sixth year since its inception in 2014, the aim of the partnership is to benchmark the awards against global standards whilst promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the United Nations (UN) in Malaysia TOGETHERforSDGs Hub.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. The 17 Sustainable Development Goal’s each have a list of targets that are measured with indicators.

With the partnership in place, the IMSHA Winners who are trained under the IMSHA 2.0 Training Series will be given SDGs training to align themselves with the 17 Goals. They will also be given coaching sessions to input data to the SDGs portal to enhance sharing resources via data management.

“From 2014 till 2018, IMSHA has received over 800 nominations and we currently have over 50 NGOs and 50 NGIs as winners of IMSHA who will benefit from our partnership with the United Nations,” added Thanam.

The TOGETHERforSDGs Hub, developed by UN Country Team, and supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs,  is a digital crowdsourcing solution identifying and connecting Private Sector contributors, that share a collective goal of strengthening local SDGs by providing financial, non-financial and technological resources with Government, Civil Societies and Academia.

Nominations for IMSHA 2019 are open till the end of July. For more information, visit:


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