Manama, Oct. 22 (BNA)—His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa urged the international community to contribute positively to boosting the role of the United Nations and its specialized organizations to help them assume their noble roles for which they have been created.
In a message to mark the UN Day, next Monday, he described the UN as a significant international platform which needs to be continuously developed so as to cater to people’s aspirations allover the world, cement friendly relations and cooperation among countries and tackle international conflicts as well as social and economic problems. HRH the Prime Minister underlined Bahrain’s keenness to bolster cooperation with the UN and its organizations out of belief in its fundamental role in bridging the gaps between people regardless of their races, ethnicity and religions. He also pointed out the kingdom’s active role in reaching out to the world and taking part in alleviating grievances. “His Majesty the King’s vision was clear when addressing the UN General Assembly which revealed Bahrain’s openness on the external world and awareness of its grievances, mainly in light of the fast-paced global developments,” he said. HRH the Premier underscored Bahrain’s commitment to the UN charter which set the rules of international legitimacy that governs relations among countries. “The global nature of the UN Charter’s principles and goals makes the UN the resort in times of grievances and crises,” HRH the Premier said lauding the international organization’s competence and success in handling many problems. He also hailed the organization’s efforts to ensure sustainable development and tackle problems like diseases, poverty, human rights abuse, terrorism, natural disasters and protecting the environment. He called on the international community to play a bigger part in boosting economic development in poor countries and improve living conditions there. “This is one of the biggest challenges facing the international community as it represents a considerable obstacle to achieving international peace and stability,” he said. Talking about the situation in Bahrain, he said: “The National Consensus Dialogue, in which all national parties took place, has yielded political, economic, social and legal visions that ushered in a new phase of development in Bahrain and showed that the kingdom is on the right path towards achieving comprehensive growth.” He stressed that the government has fully cooperated with Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), which was set up with an initiative by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. “The government has opened the door wide for BICI to do its work freely and transparently as the government has nothing to hide,” HRH the Prime Minister asserted pointing out that the government is waiting for the committee’s report to take the appropriate measures. “The victory of three women in the parliamentary by-elections, which were held last September, reflects the advanced status of the Bahraini women and their political and social roles.” He said. “Current developments in many parts of the world need new strategies to boost cooperation and coordination among all countries to achieve sustainable development while taking into account people with limited income,” he emphasized. He urged the international community to enhance international partnership and exert more efforts to achieve the millennium’s development goals by 2015 for the sake of a stable, secure and more prosperous world. He also hailed the role of the UN Secretary General and staff in this regard.