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Brunei making progress in sustainable development agenda

Brunei is making progress in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in line with Brunei Vision 2035. From the data-driven and participatory process of the 2nd voluntary national review (VNR), the Sultanate recognises its standing and the challenges as well as actions needed in sustainable development goals (SDGs) national implementation of the United Nations’ (UN) leaders’ dialogue.

This was said by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah in his national statement delivered during the leaders’ dialogue, which deliberated on scaling up actions on key transitions to accelerate SDG progress at the second SDG Summit at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States on September 18.

Conscious that our actions today affect our future generations, the minister further stated that the summit is a chance for everyone to break away from business as usual and make new chapters to answer the global call for more SDG actions.

He highlighted the readiness of the Government of Brunei Darussalam to transform SDG commitments with the global community and shared four transformative national commitments. They are inclusive and equitable quality education and training, decent jobs, better services and enabling ecosystem supported by assistive technologies to ensure everyone can lead harmonised, dignified and empowered lives. Moving towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a just energy transition and forest preservation and increase adaptation measures to future-proof the country and communities through the National Adaptation Plan. Further enhance the progress in Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) by exploring ways to achieve economic, social, and environmental equity by making collective actions towards sustainability such as strengthening legal and institutional frameworks to ensure sustainable management and efficient use of resources and creating economic opportunities from the green and circular economy model. Implementing energy transition pathways towards clean and low-carbon energy, whilst meeting the world’s growing economic demand.

The minister said the transformative actions require an environment where global support and resources are strengthened; evidence-based SDG solutions are reinforced; and the important role and contribution of all members of society are further embraced. He expressed confidence that the summit will create a better SDG ecosystem and further expressed Brunei’s readiness to build it together.

Meanwhile, the summit called for UN member states to deliver transformative national commitments to accelerate SDG progress. The summit discussed a comprehensive review of the SDG implementation and guided policy and investment actions in addressing global challenges that focus on people and the planet to accelerate SDG in energy, digitalisation, education, social protection, environment and food security. The summit also endorsed a political declaration outlining global commitments to accelerate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Also present was Permanent Secretary (Wawasan) at the PMO Pengiran Hajah Siti Nirmala binti Pengiran Haji Mohammad as Chair of the Special National Coordination Committee for SDG Brunei Darussalam.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah delivers his remarks. PHOTO: PMO
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