What Bahrainis want
Manama, April 21, 2014
Thousands of Bahrainis have taken part in a global initiative designed to give them more say in how the country is run, a report said.
The United Nation's My World Survey was launched last October to give ordinary people a chance to voice their opinions on what the government priorities should be, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
More than 4,000 citizens have already taken part, but the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Bahrain is trying to stimulate more public interest in the survey, which gives participants a choice of six key priorities out of 16 to choose from.
"The My World Survey presents an important and unique opportunity for Bahrain, as a small island state, to be heard on a global platform with its particular needs and challenges," said UN Resident Co-ordinator Peter Grohmann during a Press conference at the UN House in Manama yesterday.
Others include an honest and responsive government, protection against crime and violence, freedom from discrimination and persecution, affordable and nutritious food, political freedom, equality between men and women among others.
At the bottom end of the list of priorities is reliable energy at home, action to tackle climate change and better transport and roads.
The UNDP has been able to increase the number of votes by over 25 per cent in less than a month, bringing the total number of respondents from 2,893,earlier this month to 4,018 as of yesterday.
But Grohmann said the survey was still not truly representative without more entries.
Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air has agreed to screen a video to its passengers as part of attempts to raise awareness.
"It is only fitting that we support the world's first global survey by helping to ensure that the people of Bahrain lend their voice to the discussion that will help shape the (UN's) post-2015 global development agenda," said the airline's corporate affairs director Mohammed Amin Hulaiwah.
To take part in the survey visit the website myworld2015.org. – TradeArabia News Service