2010 Annual Cluster Meeting of RR's and RC's from RBAS

18 Apr 2010

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Chair Helen Clark arrives in Bahrain to take part in the annual regional meeting of the UNDP Resident Representatives in Arab countries which is being hosted by Bahrain under the theme ‘Delivering Results that Count’. The UNDP official was received at the airport by the Prime Minister’s Advisor for Economic Affairs Abdullah bin Hassan Saif, Undersecretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Karim Ibrahim Al Shaker, and UN officials from the Kingdom.

The five-day meeting includes the participation of 17 UNDP Resident Representatives in the Arab region who will discuss UNDP and UN development programming plans for the coming year. Also present are member of the United Nations Development Group from the region, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, other senior UNDP leaders from the region including UNIFEM, UNICEF, ILO, UNAIDS, WHO, OCHA, ECA, UNEP, UNIDO, FAO, WFP and the Programme for Assistance to the Palestinian People. Issues of UN reform, co-ordination of UN development assistance, acceleration of progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Arab countries and climate change will be on the agenda. Emphasis will be placed on achieving the maximum development impact.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the regional meeting, H.E. Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Housing said that Bahrain’s success was due to following Economic Vision 2030 that also reflects the Millennium Development Goals.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark was very appreciative of Bahrain’s warm hospitality and acknowledged the remarkable human development progress of the country. In her statement at the opening of the meeting, the UNDP Administrator remarked that “Development will thrive where there is wise leadership investing in people, institutions and infrastructure. It will thrive most where domestic resources are allocated effectively and where governments are responsive to their citizens. Our interventions in this region include increasing access to justice; strengthening national electoral institutions; and supporting stronger sub-national governance.”

UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director Amat Al Alim Alsoswa praised Bahrain as a leading example in the region in meeting the MDGs and edging towards joining the ranks of countries with very high human development.

The meeting, which concludes on Thursday, will establish a work plan for next year and serve to direct UNDP efforts in the region for the next five years.