Brunei ranks sixth in Asean nations in sustainable development

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Brunei (Commonwealth Union)_According to the most recent Sustainable Development Report (SDR) released by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), Brunei was placed sixth in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean). The study analyzed the progress of 193 UN member nations in meeting the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and determined their percentage of attainment.

With the score of 74.13 percent, Thailand topped the list in Asean and ranked 44th globally, followed by Vietnam with 72.76 percent; Singapore with 71.72 percent; Malaysia with 70.38 percent; Indonesia with 69.16 percent; Brunei with 67.10 percent; the Philippines with 66.64 percent; Myanmar with 64.27 percent; Cambodia with 63.75 percent; and Laos with 63.39 percent. Further, Finland placed first globally with 86.51 percent, followed by Denmark with 85.63 percent; Sweden with 85.19 percent; Norway with 82.35 percent; and Austria with 82.32 percent.

The Sultanate excelled in delivering quality education in all areas where it has attained the sustainable development goals. The nation also ensures comprehensive and equitable quality education and encourages prospects for lifelong learning for everyone. Participation rate in pre-primary organized learning, net primary enrollment rate, and lower secondary graduation rate are the indicators.

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In addition, the Sultanate also excels in guaranteeing healthy lifestyles and encouraging care for people of all ages, as well as promoting excellent health and well-being. As the government strives to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls in the country, gender equality is also developing considerably. Additionally, Decent Work and Economic Growth is also improving gradually. However, there are considerable obstacles that need to be addressed.

Regarding the provision of clean water and sanitation, the nation is on pace to meet SDG accomplishment. Major obstacles remain in achieving zero hunger, food security, enhanced nutrition, and the promotion of sustainable agriculture. Further, the areas of climate action, life below water, and life on land require additional efforts. UNSDSN’s SDR 2022 is an annual evaluation of the 193 UN member nations towards the SDGs.

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