Bahrain PM urges global development push
Manama, October 2, 2011
Bahrain has called for a major push to strike a balance between sustainable urban development and a clean environment.
The world will have to pay a very heavy price if it doesn't respond quickly and collectively, HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa warned.
In a message to mark World Habitat Day, he underlined Bahrain's concern over growing environmental threats to the Earth and pointed to the kingdom's co-operation with the international community to curb these dangers out of a strong belief in the link between people's welfare and protecting the environment.
The day, marked by the UN on the first Monday of October every year, will be celebrated this year under the theme "Cities and Climate Change".
"Unplanned urban development will itself pose an influential environmental burden causing health hazards due to air pollution," HRH the Premier said.
"Bahrain accords habitat issues and sustainable urban development growing concern for they represent an essential element in the kingdom's comprehensive development process spearheaded by His Majesty King Hamad," HRH the Premier said.
"We have lived this year vivid examples of what natural disasters, linked to climate change, could do," he said, pointing out that the huge amounts of money spent on tackling the repercussions of natural disasters like floods and drought, which swept many countries causing substantial material and human losses, could have been invested to boost people's welfare. – TradeArabia News Service