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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

Prince Salman Al Khalifa Award Given To Tibaijuka

Prakash M. Swamy in New York
New York, 01 October, (Asiantribune.com):

His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Sustainable Development that was presented to Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, former Minister of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements, Tanzania and former UN- Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations at a gala celebrations at the UN.

The award was presented during a ceremony held at the UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) session. They emphasized that the award reflected the extent to which the leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain supported the efforts of the international community on sustainable development, and motivated people and institutions who offered noble service to humanity.

They praised the initiatives of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, in support of sustainable development actions, both locally and regionally, as well as his vision in this area and the standards of developments in Bahrain in various sectors under his leadership.

Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Helen Clark said Bahrain had the right to be proud of its accomplishments in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and of its transition to achieve sustainable development goals.

Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Minister, Augustine Mahiga said Bahrain and Tanzania had convergent views on the significance of the UN-Habitat and the efforts of Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka for years to promote its goals, adding that the occasion was a special opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries. He also lauded the development status of Bahrain as one of the countries that had embraced a successful model for sustainable development, saying that it is a pearl among Arab countries.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani expressed appreciation to HRH Prince Khalifa for the prestigious initiative of His Highness Award for Sustainable Development through which Bahrain sent a message to the international community about the high interest in the objectives set by the United Nations.

He said that Bahrain, thanks to the leadership of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the direct supervision and follow-up of HRH Prince Khalifa and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, was able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals well ahead of the 2015 target.

"Bahrain has been able to excel in the field of human development, which has always been among the things that concerned HRH the Prime Minister," Al Zayani said, adding that "HRH the Prime Minister as a leader and with such ideas and initiatives presents us his vision for the future," he said and added that the Prime Minister has highlighted his own personal as well as Bahrain’s deep interest in achieving the 2030 sustainable development goals through the award, noting that the choice of Professor Anna Tibaijuka for the award was commendable and demonstrated that the prestigious recognition was for all and encouraged everyone to continue to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals.

During the ceremony, H.E Shaikh Hussam bin Essa Al Khalifa conveyed greetings from the Prime Minister to Mrs. Tibaijuka and congratulations for her on winning the Award in recognition of her achievements while assuming top UN posts, as well as for her efforts to push sustainable development efforts forward, across the world, and in her country as a minister and member of parliament.

“HRH Premier strongly believes that the leader is responsible for ensuring the security, stability, and taking into account the interests of their country and citizens. HRH the Prime Minister has dedicated his life to this noble issue, and has gained remarkable regional and global recognition for that,” he said.

“We have learnt, and we learn every day the true meaning of ‘leadership’ from HRH Premier, and he is a wise leader who has dedicated himself and his life for the sake of preserving Bahrain and maintaining the cohesion of its people. From this perspective, the Prime Minister launched his award to support and appreciate those who are dedicated in serving their nations,” he added.

Abdullah bin Yahya Al Moallami, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, expressed his delight to attend the award ceremony, stressing that sustainable development is a core concern for all countries. He said that the sustainable development goals for 2030 were approved last year in New York, and the keenness of the Kingdom of Bahrain on sustainable development and on bestowing an award in this area reflected the Kingdom’s attention to the issue and its positive contributions. "Saudi Arabia shares Bahrain’s attention to the issue and hails the initiative of HRH the Prime Minister in launching the award," he said.

Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, said that His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Sustainable Development represent a dignified deed from His Highness towards the United Nations in general and to Ms. Anna Taajuka in particular. He stressed that the award reflects the understanding of Bahrain's leadership, government and people of the importance of the United Nations and its specialized agencies and of their great service to humanity, expressing his admiration and gratitude to HRH the Prime Minister for the award, describing it as "one more his numerous special gestures."

Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment in the United Arab Emirates, said: "We are proud that the Kingdom of Bahrain is leading the celebrations at the United Nations in the field of sustainable development." He added that Bahrain was one of the first countries to honor international leaders in this area, noting that His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Sustainable Development was a pioneering initiative with a significant impact on the world.

H.E Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, said that Professor Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka was bestowed the award in recognition of her contributions to the service of humanity and the fight against poverty in the world. He added that Tibaijuka visited Bahrain and appreciated the achievements of the Kingdom and its government led by HRH the Prime Minister in various fields in the service of the people and submitted her reports. The minister added that she fully deserved the award.

Bahrain Housing Minister Bassim bin Yacoub Al Hamer said he was delighted to attend the award ceremony, saying that the recognition received great international attention "because its goals encourage initiatives by people and institutions to promote sustainable development." He added that he highlighted in his speech during the award ceremony the contributions of the Government of Bahrain in the field of sustainable development, noting that Bahrain, under the leadership of HRH the Prime Minister has achieved many of the goals of sustainable development under the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030, adding there was great attention from the Prime Minister to the field of sustainable development at the local and international levels.

Professor Tibaijuka said she was grateful for the His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Sustainable Development saying that she was thankful to HRH the Prime Minister for his constant support to her throughout her tenure at the UN. She pointed out that she worked for seven year at the UN-Habitat and never expected that someone would recall her and bestow an award on her. She commended Bahrain's major achievements in sustainable development that were accomplished thanks to his HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and his wisdom and forward-looking vision for the future, noting what he has achieved successes for the people of Bahrain in the area of sustainable development. She affirmed that the award gave a special significance to the efforts of her team in order to achieve the goals of sustainable development and presented an incentive to all people for further efforts and more work in order to achieve human solidarity.

Dr Oksomait, a senior sustainable development consultant and the former regional director of African affairs at the UN-Habitat said that the Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Sustainable Development reflected the major commitment by Bahrain and its people in the field of sustainable development. "It is also a strong indication of Bahrain’s pledge and commitment to implement sustainable development," she added.

Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has endorsed Bahrain’s commitment to the UN’s agenda which is now well entrenched in the national essence and is reflected strongly in its activities over the years. Under the guidance of the Prime Minister Bahrain has been an active member of the United Nations. The Kingdom of Bahrain was among the few countries that have successfully implemented the MDGs.

In terms of eradicating poverty and hunger, Bahrain officially had no poverty as far back as 1990 and this remains true today. Everyone in Bahrain today lives above the poverty line. On providing a primary education for everyone, Bahrain had achieved 98 per cent by 1990 and this rose to 100 per cent by 2011 while in 2012 Bahrain has achieved the number one position among Arab countries in math and science according to the IEA-TIMSS-2012.

When it comes to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women through eliminating gender disparity in all levels of education, Bahrain had achieved 100 per cent. In addition, Bahraini women’s participation rate in the labor force in 1971 was 4.9 per cent and under the supervision of Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa this had increased to 33 per cent by 2010 and continues to rise.

Reducing child under 5 year-old deaths is another important goal that has seen vast improvement. In Bahrain in 1990 there were 22 child deaths per 1,000 live births and this had fallen to 12 by 2014. In a similar vein, maternal mortality in Bahrain now looks to be very impressive on a world scale. The world average in 2013 was 210 deaths per 100,000 live births and 261 deaths per 100,000 live births in the Arab world as a whole. In Bahrain in 2014, by contrast, there were only 14.1 deaths per 100,000 live births.

- Asian Tribune -

  H.E Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa – Minister of Foreign Affairs , Bahrain with President of the General Assembly Mr. Peter Thomson
 H.E Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa – Minister of Foreign Affairs , Bahrain presenting the award to Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka
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