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Introduction

The Kingdom of Bahrain has taken several steps to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 after building on its experience and expertise in achieving the Millennium Development Goals ahead of its schedule in 2015. It paid great attention to these goals and was strongly committed to achieving them since their endorsements in 2000. The goals were translated in four national reports to monitor the progress of achieving them. The fourth and final report, prepared with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) , reflected the progress achieved over the past decade to demonstrate the outcomes of the important steps Bahrain’s Government has taken to diversify its economy in order to assist in increasing productivity, raising living standards and creating job opportunities for citizens.

This decade has witnessed great leaps and achievements in the formation of numerous institutions which have highly developed the citizen and provided systems for protection; social care and health care; development of education’s quality and its outputs; addressed social inequality and supported vulnerable segments of the society as well as providing opportunities for economic empowerment for the younger generation. Others include the support of political and economic participation of the Bahraini women, the preservation of environmental resources ensuring sustainability of the development path in Bahrain. The fourth report of the UNDP office in the Kingdom included the extraordinary accomplishments of the past 15 years and the commitment of the office in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (Video, 7 minutes 48 seconds) along with merging them in the national development plans and the consecutive government action programs.

National Development Goals Reports, Please click on the link to download the required:

Adopting Sustainable Development Goals Nationally

National Information Committee:
A resolution decree No. 21 of 2015 was issued by the Cabinet to establish a National Information Committee chaired by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs along with members of the following ministries and entities:
Committee Responsibilities: 
  • Following-up on the progress of the development agenda after 2015 and linking it to the Government Work Programme 
  • Oversee the establishment of a comprehensive national information base
  • Approve official information and data 
  • Set procedures to regulate exchange of information 
  • Evaluate performance of database 
  • Support the Information & eGovernment Authority to regulate statistics and informatics work 

Outcomes of Linking Sustainable Development Goals to the Government Work Programme (2015-2018)

Linking Methodology:
As the first step to follow-up on the SDGs and linking them to the Government Work Programme, all the objectives of the SDGs 2030 were reviewed and linked to the executive actions of the current Government Work Programme (2015-2018) in order to identify the goals which are considered as government’s current priorities. 

 


Linking Outcomes:
Over 78% of the SDGs 2030 objectives are included to be implemented in the current Government Work Programme; however, this does not necessarily mean achieving such objectives and goals since measuring indicators are the key to achieving them. 


View the aspects of the Government Work Programme and their relationship to the SDGs 2030 (PDF, 212KB, 6 pages)

Current Status of the Sustainable Development Indicators 2030

Monitoring the achievement of the 17 SDGs and 169 objectives requires specific indicators that reflect achievement levels for each objective and goal. Hence, a bundle of 232 indicators have been set by an international team of statistical experts, Interagency Expert Group. The Kingdom of Bahrain represents the GCC in this team and the remaining bundle of indicators is still under discussion. 

View the Current Status in the Kingdom of Bahrain for Adopted Indicators (PDF, 366KB, 4 pages)

Events Held by the Kingdom related to the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Bahrain hosted the 2nd Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development
  • Bahrain, represented by the Information & eGovernment Authority and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in the 1st GCC Statistical Forum to enhance statistical partnerships in order to support economic policies and sustainable development in the GCC region
  • The 9th International Youth Conference, held under the theme of ‘Give Back’, selected SDGs 2030 as the topic of the 2017 conference

Awards

  • United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) bestowed His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa AlKhalifa with an award in recognition of his global role in delivering economic empowerment for youth and women along with his vision, strategy and development achievements.
  • HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman AlKhalifa - the Prime Minister - awarded Minister of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Developments as well as Former Executive Director of UN–HABITAT Professor Anna Tibaijuka with his Sustainable Development Award 2016 for her massive contribution in supporting countries efforts in sustainable development.
  • The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) presented HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman AlKhalifa, the Prime Minister, with the ICT in Sustainable Development’ award in 2015 for the achievements Bahrain has made in advancing its telecommunication sector and harnessing ICT in the field of sustainable development.
  • The United Nations presented HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman AlKhalifa, the Prime Minister, with the Millennium Development Goals 2010 award in recognition of his commitment to the implementation of the MDGs and by turning them into a reality.

King Hamad Award for Empowering Youth to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Believing in the importance of the role youth play in accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa AlKhalifa announced his award to enable the youth in achieving the SDGs. The award is the first-of-its-kind on a global level to encourage countries as well as public and private sector entities to motivate the youth in becoming the best components in order to reach these goals and together unite international efforts toward empowering the youth. 

King Hamad Award for Empowering Youth to Achieve (PDF, 4.9MB, 10 pages)

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