STEP ONE (22-2-2007)
Bahraini PM pledges $1m for UN-HABITAT
" The Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Anna Tibaijuka visited Bahrain on February 6-8 at the invitation of the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Court, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.During the visit she also held talks with the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa who reiterated Bahrain’s support for UN-HABITAT activities in the region and pledged $1 million to boost UN-HABITAT activities in the region, and particularly in the Palestinian territories. The aid includes $500,000 for technical cooperation trust fund of the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People; $200,000 for UN-HABITAT flagship publications in Arabic, and $300,000 for identification and implementation of municipal management, and municipal finance systems in Bahrain".
The Bahrain Tribune, Last update on: 22-2-2007. "
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STEP TWO (6-3-2007 )
Bahraini PM wins top UN Habitat award
Shaikh Khalifa’s efforts for urban poor applaudedThe Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, was officially informed that the UN Habitat Executive Director Ms. Anna K. Tibaijuka conveyed the decision of the jury to award Shaikh Khalifa the 2006 Special Citation of the Habitat Scroll of Honour, Award for his impressive efforts in lifting the living standards of all Bahrainis through an active focus on poverty alleviation and modernisation while preserving the cultural heritage of his country. In a letter delivered by a UN Habitat delegation in Manama today, Ms Tibaijuka praised Bahrain’s effort under Shaikh Khalifa’s leadership to increase in the supply of housing units for citizens with very low income since 1971.
She emphasised that “UN Habitat further appreciates your commitment to participatory urban governance, in particular, your role in introducing directly-elected municipal councils and promoting citizens’ participation in decision-making for the planning and management of cities.”“UN Habitat applauds your efforts to place the urban poor at the centre of the modernisation strategy for the Kingdom,” Tibaijuka added hoping “this laudable achievement would inspire other countries in the region and beyond to benefit from the experience of the Kingdom of Bahrain.”UN Habitat Special Citation is bestowed upon individuals who have shown extraordinary commitment to the improvement of conditions of people living and working in poverty.
The Bahrain Tribune.com
Last update on: 6-3-2007
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