IGA and UN Agencies Hold Joint Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals

Dec 4, 2016

H.E. Mr. Amin El Sharkawi during the opening session of the workshop.

Manama, Bahrain Under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Mutawa, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme and the Information and eGovernment Authority have organized a two-day workshop on national Sustainable Development Goals reporting. Many delegates, including high-ranking officials from the government and different regional and local UN agencies attended the first day of the event yesterday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Manama. The workshop aims to enhance collaboration between the government and UN agencies in SDG monitoring, reporting and evaluation as well as address areas in which UN support would be needed. Amongst the attendees were H.E. Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Undersecretary for International Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Mr. Amin El Sharkawi, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

The National Informatics Committee, headed by HE Mr. Mohammed bin Ebrahim AlMutawa, Minister of Cabinet Affairs is currently working on reporting on the progress made towards achieving the SDGs in Bahrain.

H.E. Dr. Sh. Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa praised the initiative and confirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain, in cooperation with UNDP, prepared the Country Programme Document for the years 2017-2020, and that the Kingdom of Bahrain ensured all sustainable development initiatives were in line with Bahrain’s Vision 2030. In addition, H.E. Dr. Sh. Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa also confirmed the Kingdom’s commitment towards working with the United Nations, praising the efforts of local UN agencies towards supporting achieving the SDGs, and especially that of UNDP.

 “The UN in Bahrain is not only a strong believer and supporter of the SDGs, but a strong believer and supporter of Bahrain itself. We stand ready to support Bahrain in any shape or form we can,” stated HE Mr. Amin El Sharkawi during his opening statement.

The SDGs are a set of goals developed by the UN to be achieved by 2030 and signed by 193 member-states worldwide. The First National Report on SDGs will report on the various SDG-related initiatives and programmes spearheaded by the Bahraini government and its partners.  Achieving the SDGs is outlined in the UNDP’s Country Programme Document, which was endorsed by the UN’s Executive Board, the highest level within the UN organization, on September 8th 2016 in New York. The document was prepared by UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with other line ministries and will set the agenda for future development efforts until 2020. The CPD ensures that all programmes are aligned with both the SDGs and Bahrain Vision 2030.