The Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting 2019 focused on the implementation of commitments in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Among other things it involves health, specifically to ensure the Universal Health Coverage by focusing on main issues. During the meeting, Commonwealth nations including Brunei Darussalam shared on various initiatives as well as best practices that can give positive impact in achieving the various aspects of Universal Health Coverage.

The meeting that took place in Geneva, Switzerland was attended by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohamad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health. At the meeting, the Minister of Health shared on the actions taken and the achievements of the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam pertaining to mental health and disability. On the issue of 'Harnessing the Power of Innovation and Creativity' on climate change, Yang Berhormat also shared on the role of Brunei Darussalam in realising the Paris Agreement in tackling climate change such as the BandarKu Ceria programme that can assist in reducing carbon emission by reducing the number of cars on the road, apart from encouraging the increase of physical activities among the society. These initiatives highlighted the importance of collaboration of various sectors in achieving a number of goals including managing the risks of climate change and public health in a creative and effective way.

The meeting was attended by Ministers of Health and Senior Health Officers from 53 Commonwealth member nations. The meeting also discussed on Commonwealth's cooperation in strengthening actions to achieve Universal Health Coverage that became this year's theme 'Universal Health Coverage: Reaching the Unreached, Ensuring No One is Left Behind'. The meeting ended with agreement to approve the Statement of the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting 2019 that will be delivered at the 72nd World Health Assembly that will among other things underlined the commitment in managing health to vulnerable groups, mental health, disability, climate change, and non-communicable diseases. The meeting also agreed to enhance cooperation and innovation among Commonwealth member nations to further strengthen the achievements of Universal Health Coverage.

Source: Radio Television Brunei