G20 Health Ministers Meeting

Brunei Darussalam is committed to accelerate progress on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, SDG's to achieve the UHC and address mental health, supports the Position Paper on the "Healthy and Sustainable Recovery". The Minister of Health stated the matter during the meeting held virtually in Rome, Italy. Brunei Darussalam as the ASEAN Chair this year was invited to the G20 Health Ministers Meeting. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, said that Brunei Darussalam will continue to collaborate with international bodies and other countries for a more impactful support and achieve health outcomes for all. The 2-day meeting which began last Monday was attended by health ministers and representatives from members of the G20, NGO's and Non-Profit Organisations.

The Minister of Health in his speech also highlighted the health challenges, specifically on non-communicable diseases, that mental health remains as a part of ASEAN's health priorities under the ASEAN Post 2015 Health Development Agenda. The Minister of Health said as part of Brunei Darussalam's deliverables in ASEAN to promote regional cooperation on mental health, Brunei Darussalam has proposed the endorsement of two documents, Cooperation on Mental Health Among Adolescents and Young Children; and East Asia Summit Leaders' Statement on Mental Health. The Minister of Health stated that the ASEAN member states has come together to respond collectively to the COVID-19 crisis. According to the Minister of Health, various actions across sectoral bodies was implemented to respond to the pandemic. At the meeting, the G20 Health Ministers approved the 'Declaration of the G20 Health Ministers', that agreed 'to promote strong multilateral cooperation', as well as strengthening joint efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting recovery.

Source: Radio Television Brunei