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Monday, 19 February 2024 – Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) through the Halalan Thayyiban Student Society (HTSS) from the Halalan Thayyiban Research Centre  (HTRC) held a youth forum discussing the topic“Youth Forum: Youth Led Initiative For Sustainable Development Goals”. The forum took place at Dewan Al-Rayyan, Sinaut Campus UNISSA, Tutong in conjunction with the Halal Science Week program in line with the celebration of the 40th National Day Brunei Darussalam, 2024.

The forum was moderated by Awang Nazirul Hadi bin Haji Alladin, who is also the Chairman of HTSS 2023/ 2024, and 3 invited panelists from various institutes of higher learning, namely Awang Firdaus bin Sait, Yang Di-Pertua Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar UNISSA 2023/2024, Awang Muhammad Syahmi Kamal bin Muhammad Abdullah, Vice President, Laksamana College Of Business (LCB) Student Council 2023/2023, and Awang Abdul Hadi Nasrullah bin Muhammad Ashraf, Yang Di-Pertua, Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar 2023/2024 Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (KUPUSB).

A total of 128  students were present to enliven the event which consisted of various government and private higher education institutions such as UNISSA, UBD, KUPUSB, Politeknik Brunei, and Laksamana College Of Business.

The main purpose of this program is to educate and raise awareness among youth about the SDGs, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, the forum encourages the exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices to address sustainability challenges and advance progress toward the SDGs. The forum provides an opportunity for young people to actively participate in the decision-making process related to the SDGs, with the hope of building a sense of responsibility among the youth to achieve these goals.

The objective of this program is also to strengthen the positive relationship between UNISSA and other higher institutions in addition to benefiting and equipping the guests who attended with knowledge regarding the SDGs. In addition, it is also hoped that a program like this can continue to guide and encourage students from all institutes of higher learning in Brunei Darussalam to collaborate in their efforts to think about not only the problems faced by society but also the efforts that can be taken to form solutions for them. With the efforts of conducting more forums like this, it can serve as a platform to make it easier for students to interact and gather to form their innovative ideas together more easily and also nurture the expertise amongst themselves as they come from various educational backgrounds.