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Sustainable Development

Committed Towards the Development Goals

The Kingdom of Bahrain has taken several steps forward towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has aligned its national development agenda with the SDGs. Since the year 2000, the Kingdom has responded to the nation-wide the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) endorsed by the United Nations. Bahrain has addressed all the goals and has achieved them in the year 2015.

Bahrain has issued several Reports & Publications in coordination United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)  with showcasing the MDG progress and the achievements has been shared with the United Nations in the General Assembly session in September 2015. The Kingdom of Bahrain also submitted the Water Report (Arabic Only) to the United Nations to monitor the progress made towards the implementation of the objectives and indicators of the sixth goal of sustainable development in the Kingdom in February 2018, which is the first of its kind in the region and comes within the full commitment of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the international agenda and trends for sustainable development 2030.


Video about achieving the Millennium Development Goals (Video, 7 minutes 48 seconds) along with merging them in the national development plans and the consecutive government action programs

Development Goals Reports, Please click on the link to download the required:

*Full report is available in Arabic language only here.

Bahrain Progress in Sustainable Development Goals 2030

National Strategies Alignment

The Kingdom of Bahrain has willingly accepted its responsibility to integrate sustainable development into the government’s national development strategies and plans which provide the Kingdom with prospects and a pathway for the future.

Institutional mechanisms

Bahrain issued Decree No. 21 in March 2015 concerning the establishment of the National Information Committee under the chairmanship of the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, and the membership of other ministries and government entities, with the goal of following up Bahrain’s development agenda beyond the year 2015, and linking them to development programs and plans in line with the Kingdom's aspirations to monitor the sustainability of its development process. The Cabinet Resolution No. 2468-07 established a section to monitor the progress in achieving sustainable development goals and indicators by the Information and eGovernment Authority .

Bahrain Vision 2030

Since its launch in 2008, the national Economic Vision 2030 has been developed with 3 main principles that is Sustainability, Fairness and Competitiveness. The vision is line with citizen’s aspirations and it contributes to the achievement of each of these strategic pillars. The vision 2030 also addresses the SDGs. These goals are considered as government’s current priorities and are linked to the executive actions of the Government Action Plans.

Government Action Plan

The SDGs are among the most important pillars on which the Government's action plans are based on to implement Bahrain 2030 Vision. Since the adoption of sustainable development goals by the Kingdom of Bahrain, its action plan (2015-2018) has been linked to the goals of sustainable development 2030. 78% of the objectives of the SDGs are included in the government action plan. In addition, the Government Cabinet has also assigned each ministry and government entity to align its objectives, plans and policies in the current government action plan (2019-2022)  with the sustainable development goals.

Government Action Plan 2019-2022 with Sustainable Development Goals

The Government Action Plan (2019-2022)  will focus on the achievements of the Kingdom and its people in line with the Economic Vision 2030, and the goals of the sustainable development goals, and in the light of the Fiscal Balance program that aims at creating balance between public expenditure and revenues to achieve economic growth, financial stability, and sustainable development. The Government Action Plan was developed in line with main pillars, policies, and initiatives desired to be achieved during the coming four years to maintain security and stability, and to provide necessary services to the citizen. This will be reached through building on the current gains, avoiding any future burdens on citizens, and improving living conditions to enhance citizen-driven development.

The Government Action Plan 2019 – 2022 have 3 Strategic priorities:

The Government aspires to achieve the goals of sustainable development through three strategic priorities in the Government's Program of Action 2019-2022:

  1. Upholding the values of the State and Society 
  2. Financial sustainability and Economic Development
  3. Supporting an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Development

Government Action Plan 2019-2020

Kingdom of Bahrain Voluntary National Review Report on the SDGS (2018)

In the preparatory process for the Bahrain’s Voluntary National Review Report on the SDGs, Bahrain has coordinated with the representatives members of the National Information Committee and the Office of the Resident Coordinator for the United Nations in Bahrain and collaborated with all UN agencies and programs operating in the Kingdom. Through workshops, civil society organizations, the private sector, academics, research centers, educational and media institutions, women youth, and people with disabilities, all participated in identifying priorities around sustainable development issues. The participatory efforts have been made to ensure that sustainability reaches to all community members with no body left behind.

Video: Bahrain presents its Bahrain’s Voluntary National Review Report in the High-level Political Forum in New York 2018


Outcomes of Linking Sustainable Development Goals to the Government Work Programme (2015-2018)

Linking Methodology:
As the first step to follow-up on the SDGs and linking them to the Government Work Programme, all the objectives of the SDGs 2030 were reviewed and linked to the executive actions of the current Government Work Programme (2015-2018) in order to identify the goals which are considered as government’s current priorities.  

Government Work Programme (2015-2018)

Linking Outcomes:
Over 78% of the SDGs 2030 objectives are included to be implemented in the current Government Work Programme; however, this does not necessarily mean achieving such objectives and goals since measuring indicators are the key to achieving them. 

Objectives and Goals

View the aspects of the Government Work Programme and their relationship to the SDGs 2030 (PDF, 212KB, 6 pages)

No One Left Behind

The Constitution of Bahrain  (Arabic only) and public policies guarantee universal access to basic services. Public and civil society-led programs provide support to abused women, persons with disabilities, and those in need. Such programs also extend to migrant workers to safeguard their rights, provide health insurance and shelter, protect against arbitrary dismissal, and combat human trafficking. The new flexible work program eliminates the sponsorship scheme to allows workers to work freely.

Events Held by the Kingdom related to the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Participation of the delegation of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the High-level Political Forum in New York 2018 (Watch video)
  • Bahrain hosted the 2nd Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development
  • Bahrain, represented by the Information & eGovernment Authority and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in the 1st GCC Statistical Forum to enhance statistical partnerships in order to support economic policies and sustainable development in the GCC region
  • The 9th International Youth Conference, held under the theme of ‘Give Back’, selected SDGs 2030 as the topic of the 2017 conference

Awards Related to SDGs

King Hamad Award for Empowering Youth to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Believing in the importance of the role youth play in accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa AlKhalifa announced his award to enable the youth in achieving the SDGs. The award is the first-of-its-kind on a global level to encourage countries as well as public and private sector entities to motivate the youth in becoming the best components in order to reach these goals and together unite international efforts toward empowering the youth. 

King Hamad Award for Empowering Youth to Achieve (PDF, 4.9MB, 10 pages)


Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Award for Sustainable Development

The Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Sustainable Development has contributed to positive changes in the urban pathways to improve the human standard of living through its social, economic and environmental dimensions. The objectives of the Award have been transformed into an annual event that effectively contributes to the achievement of the objectives of sustainable development, which was confirmed by the wide accolades received by the award during several visits at the regional and international levels to a number of centers and institutions concerned with Humanitarian work.

Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Award for the Advancement of Bahraini Women 2019

On the basis of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's keenness and interest in the status of Bahraini women, Royal Order No. (5) of 2004 was issued to establish Her Royal Highness Princess Sabika Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Award for the empowerment of Bahraini women. The award is held every two years to honor the best governmental entities and private institutions in the fields of supporting and empowering Bahraini working women. In 2019 Royal Decree No. (17) of 2019 amending some provisions of Royal Order No. (5) of 2004 by changing the name of the Award to Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Award for the Advancement of Bahraini Women (Arabic only). New award categories were presented for Civil society and individuals, in addition to  the private sector organizations, in order to support and encourage incentive policies for gender balance programs, support women's advancement of positions and decision-making positions, and create a supportive and gender-sensitive environment in the work programs of public and private institutions.

Bahrain’s international awards and commendations for achieving the SDG objectives

  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) bestowed His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa with an award in recognition of his global role in delivering economic empowerment for youth and women along with his vision, strategy and development achievements.
  • His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa was honored by the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2019 as a world leader with great contributions in the field of health, including his vision, ideas, policies, initiatives and successes, and in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the achievement of sustainable development goals related to the achievement in the prevention of diseases and the providing best standards of health services for citizens and residents of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa - the Prime Minister - awarded Minister of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Developments as well as Former Executive Director of UN–HABITAT Professor Anna Tibaijuka with his Sustainable Development Award 2016 for her massive contribution in supporting countries efforts in sustainable development.
  • The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) presented HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, with the ICT in Sustainable Development’ award in 2015 for the achievements Bahrain has made in advancing its telecommunication sector and harnessing ICT in the field of sustainable development.
  • The United Nations presented HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, with the Millennium Development Goals 2010 award in recognition of his commitment to the implementation of the MDGs and by turning them into a reality.

Page Last Updated: 18 Apr, 2021