United Nations Holds Session On “Sustainable Development Goals And Their Targets” For Al Noor Charity Welfare

Oct 10, 2017

The United Nations in Bahrain held a session on “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their Targets” for Al Noor Charity Welfare Association at the UN House in Hoora yesterday. The session is part of a wider reaching strategy to work with non-governmental and charitable organizations towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030.

The workshop was attended by Sh. Lamia bint Mohamed Al Khalifa, Al Noor Charity Welfare’s Chairperson, and Deputy Chairperson Sh. Lulwa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, along with members of the charity. The aim of the sessions was to raise awareness on the history of the goals, their objectives and to highlight priority areas for the charity.

H.E. Mr. Amin El Sharkawi, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, delivered a session on the global goals, detailing the steps that led to the adoption of the SDGs and the Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 by the UN. “The signing of the Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals marked the first time all 193 United Nations member states agreed on one agenda,” he stated, “They are a historical set of goals that bring together all actors for development, and run in parallel with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Vision 2030.” He added that the United Nations was glad to work with Al Noor Charity Welfare, and looked forward to the integration of the SDGs into their programs.

The significant role of civil society and charitable organizations in the development process was highlighted during the workshop. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have played a major role in pushing for sustainable development at the local and international level. Campaigning groups have been key drivers of inter-governmental negotiations, ranging from the regulation of hazardous wastes to a global ban on land mines, among other things.

The Sustainable Goals are a list of The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.The 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.