The new Sunway Centre for Planetary Health (SCPH) is based at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – one of the fastest growing and most innovative universities in the world. Sunway University is making this important investment as part of its commitment to become the first university in the world to place planetary health at the centre of everything it does. Through the Centre, Sunway University supports this commitment to planetary health through education, research, making knowledge accessible, and engaging with people across the Asia and Pacific regions. The Centre leverages the diverse capacities of the University’s existing faculties and networks and is forging new connections with partners from the region and around the world, focusing on:
Five Priority Themes
Demonstrate accountability and transparency to its multiple stakeholders and partners, pursuing its mission with discipline and rigour.
Support and advocate for diversity, pluralism, fairness, and equal opportunity for all.
Inspire constructive dialogue, engage diverse stakeholders, build consensus, facilitate convergence, and forge strong and durable partnerships.
Be a responsible and accountable guardian for nature, and the environment.
Do No Harm
Do no harm and respect the autonomy and dignity of all and be focused on prevention of harm to people and the planet.
Today, we are facing a confluence of multiple crises affecting our collective health as well as that of this planet that we inhabit – Earth. These include new and increasingly virulent infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics, rising obesity and other chronic diseases, unsustainable food production processes, water-related tensions and potential for conflict, rapid biodiversity collapse and the climate crisis.
These crises are driven by a complex interplay of entirely human-generated political, social, economic, and environmental factors, and have dire humanitarian consequences. The hard-won gains in human health over the last century are being eroded by a lack of recognition that this progress has been at the expense of the health of the planet. We are now close to a tipping point where the poor health of the planet will diminish the possibility of healthy and happy lives and survival for succeeding generations.
And so there is a need for a new approach that emphasizes humanity coming together, assuming greater responsibility for our collective actions, working to equalise responsible access to and use of limited resources, underwritten by the need to act now, not later. In response to these challenges, planetary health – a new field and vision – has emerged.
Planetary health is the achievement of the highest attainable standard of health, wellbeing, and equity worldwide through judicious attention to political, economic and social systems. To advance humanity’s wellbeing, the declining state of planet Earth can no longer be ignored.