The 2nd 2023 Malaysian SDG Conference:
Building Inclusive Communities

The 2023 Malaysian Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Conference 2 is to identify best practices, celebrate our achievements, and explore potential collaborations towards building a truly inclusive community. Your active participation and insightful contributions will help shape Malaysia’s SDG development, and enable us to create a society that leaves no one behind.


This year’s conference will be held in four locations: Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Bharu, and the authors of the shortlisted best papers will be invited to present at the finale in Kuala Lumpur. We invite academics, activists, and community leaders to share their ideas, experiences, and stories on SDGs. 


As we strive to shape a more equitable and sustainable future, we encourage all participants to adopt a cross-cutting approach to address the interconnected challenges we face.

Inclusive communities could come from a multiethnic dimension, the inclusion of women across age groups (young or elderly), a class divide among B20, M40, and B40, the inclusion of disabled persons, or indigenous, minority, or religious communities. How have community programmes and projects fostered inclusion so as to ensure no one is left behind? Your active participation and insightful contributions will help shape Malaysia’s SDG development.


Use these questions as a starting point for your reflections and share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences related to building inclusive communities and their impact on the SDGs in Malaysia. We encourage you to consider both academic and experiential perspectives, focusing on specific themes or target groups, as appropriate.


  • How do you perceive the role of building inclusive communities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Malaysia?
  • Examples of successful projects or initiatives that promote inclusivity and contribute to the SDGs in your community? What factors led to their success?
  • What challenges have you faced in fostering inclusive communities while working towards SDG-related objectives, and how have you addressed these challenges?
  • How can we encourage collaboration between various stakeholders, such as government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector, to build more inclusive communities and achieve the SDGs in Malaysia?
  • What innovative or unique approaches have you seen or experienced in creating inclusive communities that could be adopted more widely to accelerate progress towards the SDGs in Malaysia?


We are creating a space for your sharing of academic or experiential reflections.

Please submit a 250-300-word abstract

Both articles and videos could be in Bahasa Malaysia or English

All presentations for 2023 must focus on Building Inclusive Communities that could be in terms of inclusion irrespective of gender, age, class, race, ethnicity, religion, social status (indigenous or minority), disability, and location (rural or interior/forest based, urban – affluent or B40 communities).

We welcome all grassroots community leaders, CSOs/NGOs, activists and academics to share with us their reflections and research work. We recognise all have an opportunity and space to share their reflections and analyses in building a reflective SDG community.

Type of output can be EITHER ONE

1- Storytelling

This is a write up of 1,000 to 2,000 words from a personal or group experience in implementing SDGs in building inclusive communities.

2- Case studies

This is a write up of 2,000 to 3,500 words of a specific group, issue or solution project that is on-going or completed that has contributed to building inclusive communities.

The writer will discuss experiences from a SDG perspective, focusing on a specific group or location that is identifiable. A background with references, visuals or media coverage of the case study may be included.

3- Commentary

This is an analytical write up of 2,500 to 4,500 words on a specific theme in SDGs utilizing references from secondary data in building inclusive communities. It could be a cross-cutting SDG theme covering more than one SDG or thematic area.

4- Empirical study

This is a write up of 5,000 to 7,000 words of an empirical study on building inclusive communities using the SDGs. A background with a clear research methodology, sampling frame, research questions, instruments and analyses should be included. This could include qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods. Findings presented should be discussed along with study limitations and recommendations. References should also be included. The paper ideally should not have been published before.

Papers will be peer-reviewed for publication in a journal or book in early 2024.


The conference participation fee, and accommodation as well as F&B during the event days are fully sponsored. Shortlisted presenters in the nationwide conference, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in January 2024, will receive a transport allowance. RM 200 will be given to presenters from Peninsular Malaysia, while RM 1000 will be given to presenters from Sabah & Sarawak.

We are open to hearing views from the private sector and social enterprises who are undertaking responsible business practices, including CSR and ESG, which are clearly aligned with the SDGs too.


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