“Whilst there is relative peace and stability in the world, developments over the past year have reminded us how complex security issues, turmoil and instability arising from human activities can hinder progress for long-term development,” said Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah. He called on nations to work together to address problems aggravated by globalization and inter-connectedness, and highlighted his country’s support for efforts that promote understanding, tolerance and respect among world communities.The Sultan, whose address coincides with the 30th anniversary of Brunei’s membership in the Organization, reemphasized that “our efforts in realizing the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] would be in vain if, at the same time, we disregard our commitments to pursue peaceful means of settling disputes as enshrined in the Charter of the UN.” The theme of the 69th high-level debate which the Sultan addressed is “transformative post-2015 development agenda.” It comes amid the final push to reach the Millennium Development Goals, and as the international community is defining a new set of sustainable development targets which would guide international efforts starting in January 2016.

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