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IMSHA Gets Recognition from United Nations Malaysia

IMSHA Gets Recognition from United Nations Malaysia

Exchange of Document between Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) and United Nations Country Team as Good Practice Award Provider under the United Nations (UN) in Malaysia TOGETHERforSDGs Hub

The United Nations (UN) and the Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) pledged to work together towards benchmarking IMSHA against global standards and at the same time promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a document exchange ceremony on 25th of June 2019.

Witnessed by Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal, Menteri Besar of Johor, and Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), the document exchange was fulfilled by Thanam Visvanathan-Suresh, Chairman of IMSHA, and Juanita Joseph, Head of RCO Office for Malaysia.

Datuk Ismail said, “IMSHA truly reflects the spirit of social inclusiveness and volunteerism that the region cherishes. 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”.

“IMSHA is entering its sixth year since its inception in 2014 to ‘Spot, Recognise and Empower’ individuals, organisations and corporate organisations that 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 under the United Nations (UN) in Malaysia TOGETHERforSDGs Hub,” said Thanam.

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 100 individuals and organisations as winners of IMSHA who will benefit from our partnership with the United Nations,” added Thanam.

The United Nations (UN) in Malaysia TOGETHERforSDGs Hub programme is an initiative to humanise the SDGs. It is a unique crowdsourcing solution connecting partners through a supply-matching system that effectively channels resources where it is most needed and realise the shared vision of achieving measurable impact in the 2030 Agenda.

Developed by UN Country Team, and supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, it is Malaysia’s single-most authoritative SDGs network of partners that drives transformative change combining operational capabilities and policy best practices for an equitable, inclusive and sustainable Malaysia.

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

Awards will be presented in 11 categories, from which 22 winners will be drawn – 10 for individuals and 12 for organisations. The increase in awards presented for the organisation category is due to the increase in CSR award which will be given to three outstanding organisations instead of just one. 

The key players behind IMSHA are The Iskandarian-Iskandar Malaysia’s Official Newspaper and Iskandar Regional Development Authority. The current Chairman of IMSHA is Thanam Visvanathan-Suresh, and Edey Suresh from The Iskandarian as the Founding Chairman.


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