Transformative SDG Commitments

19 September 2023


Brunei Darussalam shared its transformative SDG commitments during the 2023 SDG Summit on 18 September 2023 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America

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Brunei Darussalam is making progress in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in line with Wawasan Brunei 2035. From the data-driven and participatory process of the Second Voluntary National Review (VNR), Brunei Darussalam recognises its standing and the challenges as well as actions needed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) national implementation.

This was stated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II in his national statement delivered during Leaders’ Dialogue which deliberated on scaling up actions on key transitions to accelerate SDG Progress at the Second SDG Summit held at the United Nations Headquarters on 18th  September 2023 in New York, United States of America.

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

Yang Berhormat Dato informed the readiness of the Government of Brunei Darussalam to transform SDG commitments with the global community and shared four (4) transformative national commitments which are:

  1. 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; 
  2. 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; 
  3. 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; and 
  4. Implementing energy transition pathways towards clean and low-carbon energy, whilst meeting the world’s growing economic demand.

In his concluding remarks, Yang Berhormat Dato said that these 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. Yang Berhormat expressed confidence that the Summit will create a better SDG ecosystem and further expressed Brunei Darussalam’s readiness to build it together.

The Second SDG Summit calls for UN member states to deliver transformative national commitments to accelerate SDG progress. The Summit among others, 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 such as 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 at the Summit was Yang Mulia Pengiran Hajah Siti Nirmala binti Pengiran Haji Mohammad, Permanent Secretary (Wawasan), Prime Minister's Office as Chair of the Special National Coordination Committee for SDG Brunei Darussalam.

The statement can be downloaded here.

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