SDG: Brunei ranks 88th

Azlan Othman

Brunei Darussalam scored highly on indicators relating to health and well-being, education, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, clean water and sanitation, industry, innovation and infrastructure, resulting in an overall ranking of 88 out of 166 countries.

However, the country needs much more for tackling obesity, unemployment, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and the Red List Index (RLI) of species survival.

This was highlighted in the latest country rankings published by the Sustainable Development Report 2020 on progress towards meeting the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Sultanate scored well above 90 per cent in the lower secondary completion rate (105 per cent), net primary enrolment rate (93.1 per cent) and literacy rate (99.7 per cent).

Population using at least basic drinking water is 99.9 per cent, population using at least basic sanitation services (96 per cent). Meanwhile, population with access to electricity and population with access to clean fuels and technology for cooking constituted to 100
per cent.

Population using the Internet constituted to 95 per cent, while mobile broadband subscription (per 100 population) is 130 per cent.

European countries swept the top 15 positions in the overall ranking of countries, with Sweden taking first place, followed by Denmark, Finland, France and Germany.

The SDGs establish a set of targets across 17 themes, ranging from eliminating poverty, ensuring access to healthcare and education, to strong economic opportunities, governance, institutions and clean resource use.

The goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, and have been a benchmark against which countries have been assessed for their contributions to sustainable
economic development.