Journal of Advances in Humanities and Social Sciences
Journal ISSN: 2414-3111
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Received: 18 December 2015
Accepted: 21 January 2016
Published: 22 February 2016
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  • Re-defining sustainable development values and its facets based on developing country perspective

Fong Teng , Farzana Quoquab , Nazimah Hussin , Jihad Mohammad

Published online: 2016


In order to mark the new millennium, during the year 2000 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a set of fundamental values such as freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, and shared responsibility known as sustainable development value. These sustainable development values are translated into several key objectives such as 60 millennium development goals regarding peace, development and environment, human rights, the vulnerable, hungry, poor and Africa which are set to be achieved with a deadline of 2015. Although these values have been declared 10 years ago, these values are relatively new to developing country perspective. Therefore, the average citizens of the developing countries are not fully aware of the notion of sustainable development value. Furthermore, the notion of sustainable development values greatly varies from country to country, culture to culture. Indeed, there are differences in perceiving these values from developed country and developing country perspective as well. So, there are two questions need to be answered: how to define SDV from the developing country perspective? What are the relevant dimensions of sustainable development value that suit developing country perspective? This paper attempts to answer these two research questions. Relevant literature has been reviewe and qualitative methodology was utilized to gain in-depth understanding of the issue. 16-in depth interviews were conducted in this regard. The interviews were then transcribed and analysed to understand the best ways to define sustainable development value from the developing country perspective. It is expected that this study will contribute significantly to the existing body of knowledge by discussing the sustainable value phenomenon from developing country perspective.