Sun, 06 September 2020
The Bahrain Visions Forum: Shared Visions for a Successful Future, organised annually by the Court of the HRH the Prime Minister, will be held from September 29, in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Held virtually due to current circumstances, this year's forum coincides with the High-level Meetings of the General Assembly, held on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75).
In an official letter to the Court of the Prime Minister, WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, welcomed WHO's cooperation with the Court in organising this year’s forum which, he said, will explore ways to confront the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), wishing the forum success in order to contribute to consolidating cooperation with Bahrain in facing the global challenges related to the pandemic.
WHO’s participation in the organisation of this year’s edition of the forum confirms its solid cooperation with the Kingdom, which is growing steadily to serve the health sector in Bahrain and at the international level.
The Bahrain-WHO cooperation culminated in WHO’s honouring of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa as a World Leader in the field of health in May 2019, which was a precedent in the Organisation’s history.
WHO, represented by its Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, will also participate in the ‘Khalifa bin Salman Award for Bahraini Doctor’ which will be granted on the sidelines of the kingdom’s celebration of the Bahrain Doctors’ Day on November 4.
Themed ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Post-COVID-19 Period’, the forum will feature the participation of a number of high-level personalities and senior UN and WHO officials who will discuss common visions that contribute to facing the current global challenges resulting from the outbreak of the pandemic, and ways to mitigate its effects on the international efforts to implement the sustainable development goals agenda.
HRH the Prime Minister will address the forum through a message that will highlight his visions on ways to face the pandemic’s economic, social and health challenges at the global level, in addition to ways to mobilise international efforts in order to continue promoting sustainable development efforts, and assisting needy countries and communities in the face of the current circumstances in order to reduce the negative impacts of this crisis on sustainable development efforts worldwide.
Shaikh Hussam bin Isa Al Khalifa said that the Bahrain Visions Forum is in line with the increasing interest of HRH Premier in supporting international efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, based on the efforts he had led to achieve the Millennium Development Goals ahead of schedule, and his belief that collective action is the best way to reach the ambitious goals towards peace, stability and development.
He welcomed cooperation with WHO in organising this year’s forum, which will focus on the SDGs in the post COVID-19 pandemic, being the most pressing issue facing the global economy and sustainable development, calling for revising and evaluating the 2030 Agenda so as to cope with the current changes.
Shaikh Hussam pointed out that the forum will discuss the importance of collective international action in facing the crisis resulting from the outbreak of the pandemic in order to put forward global solutions that strengthen human cohesion that embodies the essence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the driving force for the implementation of the sustainable development goals.
He indicated that the UN is leading the international efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus in order to defeat it and build a better world, which, he said, requires devising a new vision for international solidarity of the leading economies and developing innovative firm political measures to provide financial and technical support for the most vulnerable and poorest segments in the world.
He expressed hope that the forum will succeed in reaching results that contribute to developing a clear roadmap regarding the necessary measures to build a more flexible, cooperative and appropriate global system for the post-Covid-19 phase, affirming that Bahrain is a leader in adopting initiatives that support the implementation of the sustainable development goals for the benefit of peoples of the world.
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