UNDP Administrator visits Bahrain for launch of regional report on water governance
Manama - The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), Helen Clark, just completed a visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the launch of the UNDP Regional Report, “Water Governance in the Arab Region: Managing Scarcity and Securing the future”, in the presence of H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifah, Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The Administrator highlighted that the report stresses that water scarcity in the region is fast reaching alarming levels, with dire consequences for human development. “Efforts to address the water crisis in the region in past decades, which have concentrated on increasing water supply, resulted in the exploitation of water resources beyond their renewable capacities,” said Helen Clark. “The report calls for a shift of focus to the management of demand with an emphasis on more efficient use and allocation of water.” The report is well timely as the Gulf Co-operation Council is prioritising water security as a critical issue for attention and co-operation in the sub-region.
The Administrator was received by His Majesty, King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifah, His Royal Highness the Prime Minister Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. As well, Her Royal Highness, Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King, and President of the Supreme Council for Women, received the Administrator, and briefed her on the work of the Bahraini Supreme Council for Women in its efforts to implement the National Strategy for the Advancement of Women.
The Administrator provided an overview on recent developments in the Post-2015 Agenda process to Bahrain’s leaders and to representatives of Bahraini civil society and academia, and explored with them ways in which Bahrain could engage in defining the next global development agenda.
During her visit, Helen Clark also met with the UN Resident Co-ordinators/UNDP Resident Representatives based in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE to explore avenues for strengthening strategic partnerships with the GCC and its member countries including through greater engagement with leading regional institutions and foundations.
Helen Clark also met with UNDP’s staff in Bahrain and with the UN Country Team in Bahrain on her visit.