Len Talif receives courtesy visit from UNDP delegation, discusses Sarawak’s take on environmental sustainability

Len Talif (sixth left), Kanni (seventh left) and others pose for a group photo during the meeting.

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KUCHING, Aug 6: Sarawak Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Urban Development Datu Len Talif Salleh received a courtesy visit from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) delegation yesterday.

The delegation was led by United Nations assistant secretary-general Kanni Wignaraja who is also the assistant administrator of UNDP and director of the Regional Bureau for Asia Pacific.

The work visit was an extended return visit from the bilateral meeting between the delegation of the Sarawak government and UNDP which was held in New York City, United States on July 19 this year.

During a high-level meeting between the Sarawak government and UNDP yesterday which was chaired by Len Talif, he shared the State government’s initiative to make Sarawak a developed State by 2030 through the Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030) which is based on economic structure, business facilities, expenditure targets, optimizing assets and human capital, digitalisation and implementation, social inclusivity and sustainability.

He also stated several other initiatives in an effort to ensure environmental sustainability such as education and youth awareness programmes on environmental sustainability by the Sarawak Forestry Department (FDS), Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB), Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC); reforestation programmes; artificial reef ball project and many more.

He further informed that the Ministry is also working closely with the United Nations under the UNDP through the Sarawak Biodiversity Masterplan project which is currently in the implementation stage and the State Urban Development Policy in the proposal paper evaluation stage.

These initiatives, he said, are to ensure sustainable and balanced development planning from all aspects for the state of Sarawak.

Also present during the high-level meeting were UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, Niloy Banerjee and Assistant Representative Asfaazam Kasbani; Special Advisor of Planning and Urban Development Datu Sajeli Kipli; and Head of the Urban Development Division Forkanizam Dolhadi. — DayakDaily