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    Call to hasten progress towards universal health coverage

    A common agenda is crucial to ensure that the region is able to get back on track toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud said this during the virtually-held 78th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) yesterday.

    In mobilising collective effort to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti said that progress toward universal health coverage by 2030 must be accelerated.

    By leveraging bilateral and multilateral ties, resilience in healthcare systems can be further strengthened. Thus, the contribution from the existing collaboration under ESCAP is valued, and further progress is welcomed.

    Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti highlighted the importance of responsive regional action to the threat of climate change as such action is instrumental in supporting Brunei Darussalam’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 per cent by 2030.

    Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud. PHOTO: INFOFOTO

    To keep up with ESCAP’s commendable momentum in environmental protection, the minister stated ESCAP could do more in building efficient pathways to reduce GHG.

    In his concluding remarks, Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti recognised ESCAP’s vital role in fostering collaboration and guiding the region once the common agenda is endorsed, expressing appreciation for the cooperation with ESCAP, especially through capacity building and technical assistance.

    The 78th session brought together all ESCAP members to discuss the future of regional cooperation in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The session is expected to endorse the Bangkok Declaration commemorating the 75th anniversary of ESCAP: A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, which fundamentally reaffirmed members’ commitment to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

     

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