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Bahrain and UN Mark International Day of Peace:
Manama, On the
occasion of the International Day of Peace, all United Nations
agencies in Bahrain organized an official function to mark the day
on 20 September 2007 at the UN House, Manama.
During the event, H.E Mr. Mohamed Al Mutawa, Adviser for the Prime
Minister on Cultural Affairs, made a statement on behalf of the
Government of Bahrain. “Development, prosperity and welfare are
vital steps on the road to peace,” he declared. “Peace enforced by
might is doomed to failure”.
"The children of Bahrain who are participating today on this
occasion are expressing with other children of the world their
desire to shout a wake up call to nations, to achieve peace," said
H.E. Mr. Al Mutawa. "Bahrain has always believed that goodness is
the road to peace and has reflected this in its interior and foreign
The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Sayed Aqa, delivered the message of
the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on the occasion. A special
message was also delivered by Mr. Hussain Al Shabib, President of
the Model United Nations (MUN) Society in Bahrain.
In parallel to this, dozens of students (girls & boys) of different
nationalities were hosted at the UN House for a “Painting for Peace”
session under the leadership and supervision of Mr. Abbas AlMusawi,
a renowned Bahraini artist and founder of the “Peace 2000”
initiative. The students, aged four to 14 were given cubes, each
face measuring 40cmx40cm, to inspire them to create their artwork
“peace by peace”. The paintings will be put on display next month.
In his capacity as a painter, H.E. Ghassan Muhsen Hussain,
Ambassador of Iraq, also participated in the official function and
the “Painting for Peace” session as a token to peace, an aspiration
of the people of Iraq, the Middle East and the world at large.
Gender Mainstreaming Workshop:
A three day
training workshop on Gender Mainstreaming and Women Empowerment is
due to take place at the Crowne Plaza on Monday 10 September. The
workshop is being organized by UNDP, Bahrain with participants from
all UN offices in Bahrain and national project directors, who
represent different Ministries and government institutions. This
workshop is a major exercise in boosting UN internal capacity to
mainstream gender into UN’s programmes and service lines.
13 August, 2007;
International Youth Day:
Organization of Youth and
Sports, in cooperation with UNDP and local youth organizations
organized a joint celebration of International Youth Day under the
slogan: “Be Present, Be Heard: Youth are Partners in Development.”
The initiative aimed to include the participation of youth in
studying their situations and proposing relevant solutions, as well
as guiding them toward the best means for achieving their goals.
In his speech at the event, Mr. Sayed Aqa, UN Resident Coordinator
and UNDP Resident Representative, indicated that the Arab world
comprises the highest percentage of youth among its population. Mr.
Aqa stressed the need for youth to express their priorities and be
involved in developing strategies to meet the
development needs of their country. Development can no longer
proceed without the awareness of youth of economic, social and
political issues within the Kingdom and this is critical to shaping
and supporting sound decisions regarding their future.
Following the opening event in which a number of societies and
organizations were presented with certificates for their commendable
efforts on youth issues, a workshop was held under the title of “The
Role of Youth in achieving the MDG Targets.”
13 August , 2007;
In a drive to promote the voice of
youth in Bahrain, the “Be Heard” campaign was held by the Supreme
Council for Women's youth committee at Seef Mall to mark
International Youth Day. The UN RC/RR attended the launch event.
More than 120 youth filled in forms and placed them in the largest
suggestion box in the country, measuring a meter by a meter and a
half, organizers said yesterday.
"We have received a good number of people so far and we are
expecting to get more," said youth committee member Eman Ayoub. Ms
Ayoub said the turnout was good in the first two days, which
indicated the campaign's success.
Youth aged 15 to 25 were invited to express their views and
aspirations, share their problems or make suggestions. The campaign
aimed to help in understanding issues facing youth and to plan for
Twenty forms from each category will be chosen and discussed in a
three-day workshop to be held from September 1.
17 July, 2007;
Bahrain Urged to Launches Network for
sector of the Kingdom will embrace a new era of global business
practices with the proposed launch of the Bahrain Network for Global
Compact (BNGC) before the end of the year. A meeting jointly
organized by the UN Country Team and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (BCCI) urged the private sector to join the UN Global
Compact and launch the BNGC before the end of 2007.
Since its official launch in 2000, The Global Compact challenged
business leaders to join an international initiative that would
bring companies together with UN agencies, labour and civil society
to support universal environmental and social principles. The
initiative has now grown to over 3,800 participants, including over
2,900 businesses in 100 countries around the world working to
advance ten universal principles in the areas of human rights,
labour, the environment and anti-corruption .
Through collective action, the Global Compact aims to promote
responsible corporate citizenship so that business can be part of
the solution to the challenges of globalization to create a more
sustainable and inclusive global economy. Sayed Aqa, UN Resident
Coordinator, in his opening remarks, stated that business leaders
attending the 2007 second Global Compact Leaders Summit, expressed
the belief that “globalization, if rooted in universal principles,
has the power to improve our world fundamentally – delivering
economic and social benefits to people, communities and markets
The Global Compact seeks to mainstream ten principles in business
activities around the world and to activate actions in support of
international cooperation, peace, development and human rights
protection. It relies on public accountability, transparency and the
progressive self-interest of companies, labour and civil society to
initiate and share substantive action.
The Kingdom, being one of the founding members of the World Trade
Organization, will be the first GCC country to develop a national GC
Network setting a new trend for the growth and development of the
private sector. Sayed Aqa said that the BNGC would provide support
to the companies by ensuring long-term sustainable development,
market stability and growth of businesses.
This preliminary meeting, aimed at raising awareness among the
business community in Bahrain about the objectives of the Global
Compact, was also briefed by the CEO of the BCCI, Ahmed Abdullah
Najem, Head of UNIC, Nejib Friji, and Head of UNIDO/ITPO, Dr. Hashim
Hussein, Dr. Jaser Rabadi WMO Regional Representative and Mr.
Abdulillah representing UNEP. Hessa Bint
Khalifa Al Khalifa, the UNDP Programme
Analyst, has been appointed as country coordinator for the BNGC
initiative. Najem said that BCCI will continue to assist the private
sector, working closely as part of its strategy to assist
2 July, 2007;
Millennium Development Goals Report 2007:
Gender Equality praised in the Region; Bahrain on track to meeting
At the mid-point towards the
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015
deadline, progress has been made in Western Asia towards achieving
the targets for certain goals,
according to a new report.
Within the context of MDG targets, the Kingdom of Bahrain has made
progress and is on track to achieving most. In 2006, a woman was
elected to parliament in Bahrain for the first time in the nation’s
Bahrain does not suffer from extreme poverty (people living on less
than one US dollar per day), it witnesses 100 percent enrollment in
primary school, and is on track to meet the 2015 target of reducing
child and maternal mortality. However, Bahrain, as a small island
developing state does face particular environmental challenges in
the coastal areas.
here to view the MDG progress progress report.