Brunei assures continued support for UN

Brunei Darussalam will continue its pledge to work together with all United Nations (UN) member states and carry out its commitment and responsibilities, as well as pay its dues, to ensure that the world and its people will continue to live in peace, to develop and progress, said His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The monarch said this in a titah at the High Level Meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN, themed ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’ yesterday.

His Majesty congratulated UN members on the momentous occasion and congratulated Volkan Bozkir on his election as the 75th President of the UN General Assembly.

“It is certainly a remarkable achievement for any grouping, let alone a large organisation like the UN, to remain relevant for three quarters of a century,” the monarch said.

“This global body has actively engaged and carried out its mandates on matters of significant concern to all.

“It reflects the commitment placed by UN members and the specialised bodies, who want it to work, and make the world a better place.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivers his titah. PHOTOS: INFOFOTO
A screen at the UN Headquarters shows His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the High Level Meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN.

“Over the years, we have faced many challenges and were able to resolve conflicts in Bosnia, Timor-Leste and closer still to us in ASEAN, in Cambodia.

“However, the question of Palestine, terrorism, achieving the Sustainable Goals and many others remain work in progress.

“And now, we are facing new unprecedented challenges in our lifetime like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If history has taught us anything, it is that, we could not have realised such achievements without the strong support, and commitment from all nations.

“Not by abandoning the UN when it becomes politically difficult, but by working together and by seeking convergence both at the national and international levels.

“The UN is far from perfect, and the cost of maintaining it continues to rise every year.

“Nonetheless, there is no other option available that can replace its role.

“Therefore, we must continue to make it better, more cost-effective and more empowered to support multilateralism, and a world order based on the universal rule of law, in ensuring this organisation remains relevant to us all,” said the monarch.

Integral to this, His Majesty added, “is the commitment by all member states to ensure that every nation uphold and respect the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, as enshrined in the UN Charter, and where small countries like Brunei Darussalam can rely on and have our voice heard as equals among all nations, big or small.

“If this organisation failed, we would all fail, diminishing the hopes of more than seven billion people. It was in this spirit that my country joined this family of nations more than 35 years ago.”

His Majesty also extended best wishes to the UN from the Government and the people of Brunei Darussalam in the spirit of peace and solidarity, and condolences and sympathies to all those affected by the COVID-19 virus.