His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the distinguished Prime Minister, called on the international community to adopt easy economic support and stimulus programs to support countries' efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals, which have been severely affected by the current challenges resulting from the emerging corona virus pandemic.
His Highness stressed that the new reality that the world is experiencing in light of this pandemic must be a catalyst towards re-prioritizing international cooperation, and focusing more on areas of development that can accelerate the recovery of economies and achieve common benefits for peoples and ensure tranquility and security in its comprehensive sense.
His Highness considered that the Corona pandemic proved that the strong development structure in all areas of housing, health and education is the cornerstone of strengthening countries' ability to face various challenges.
His Highness noted that obtaining adequate housing is one of the basic pillars for achieving security and stability in societies, which would contribute to strengthening the foundations of human peace and development.
His Highness affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of the country, may God protect him, has been able to face the current challenges thanks to the solid infrastructure that the Kingdom has accomplished over years in various fields, which is still continuing under the directions of His Majesty at an accelerated pace in projects. Housing, development, urbanization, health care and others.
In a message addressed to the world on the occasion of World Habitat Day, which falls on the day after tomorrow, Monday, and this year is held under the slogan "Housing for all: a better urban future", His Highness added that fulfilling the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, foremost among which is the eleventh goal, "Establishing sustainable cities and communities." The international community needs to be more able to assess the risks arising from the continuation of the current situation, as more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, a figure which is expected to rise by 2050 to 6.5 billion individuals, representing about two-thirds of the human population according to estimates. United Nations Development Programme.
His Highness affirmed that the celebration of World Habitat Day is an occasion to emphasize the importance of concerting various efforts to study the effects of this epidemic, especially on the housing sector. His Highness said: “The implementation of the sustainable development goals has become a priority and more important than ever in light of the spread of the Corona pandemic.”
His Highness called on the international community to help societies and peoples that suffer from a decline in the level and quality of housing services through organized and effective work that improves the mechanisms of sustainable development in them by expanding housing projects and providing them with the latest health and educational services and advanced infrastructure.