Urban Planning and Development Concludes Cities Prosperity Initiative Workshop

UPDA

The Urban Planning and Development Authority in collaboration with The United Nations Human Settlements Program (Habitat), concluded the Capacity Building on Urban Observatories and the Cities Prosperity Initiative workshop.

The workshop lasted for five days, it was attended by international experts along with forty specialists representing various government entities in the Kingdom, from twelve different sectors.

The organization of the workshop is an extension of the on-going collaboration between the Authority and the United Nations Development Programme in Bahrain. The collaboration includes several joint programmes and projects particularly in relation to the use of international experience in city planning and development, to go in line with the Government’s program in finalising the planning of all the regions of Bahrain and raise them for approval by the concerned authorities.

Shaikh Nayef bin Khalid Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, honoured the specialists who passed the workshop’s requirements, which is considered to be a flexible and practical framework to develop, formulate, implement and monitor the policies and practices that are related to sustainable development. The workshop aimed to obtain valuable city-level information, diagnose and measure procedures and policies, which were based on six indicators of urban prosperity, in particular, productivity, infrastructure development and quality of life, equity and social inclusion, environmental sustainability, urban governance and legislation; in order to making evidence-based decisions in Bahrain’s cities.

The Authority noted that Bahrain's efforts to achieve the sustainable development agenda 2030 were prominent, in accordance with the Government’s agenda through cooperation and complementarity of all sectors. It has been made clear that the Authority is working in cooperation with the United Nations Programme for the Prosperity and Sustainability of Cities. In addition to its central role, the development of urban plans is in line with the Strategic Structure Plan for Bahrain which was adopted by His Majesty, the King of Bahrain, in order to meet all regions present and future needs.

The Authority stated that the workshop was linked to objective 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals that aims at making cities safe, resilient and sustainable. Thus, it focuses primarily on ensuring access to adequate, safe, affordable basic housing and services, aligned with promoting inclusive and sustainable urbanisation, the capacity to plan and manage cities in all countries in a participatory, integrated and sustainable manner.

The Authority explained that the environment supporting development could be secured through the continues updates of the strategic plans based on the availability of accurate information and city statistics as received from the specialised authorities. Furthermore, it stressed on the importance of implementing the Government Action Plan, and to promote the practise of measurement using indicators, which can be achieved through regular monitoring of indicators and by assessing challenges and acting accordingly.