The Bahrain Paralympic Committee (BPC) has signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations (UN) Development Programme’s office in Bahrain to launch a strategic cooperation between both parties. The agreement aims to align the BPC’s plans and projects with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), covering various initiatives with a current focus on supporting the 2021 Asian Youth Para Games, to be held in Bahrain in November.
Mohammed bin Duaij Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Bahrain Paralympic Committee, commented that the signing of this agreement comes within the strategic objectives of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), with the guidance of Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity and Youth Affairs, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports.
Duaij Al Khalifa explained that the committee is working to implement all measures and initiatives concerned with strengthening efforts to empower the athletes and fully integrate them into all aspects of community life to achieve the vision and objectives of the committee. He added that the country has been among the leading nations in achieving the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2000, where it achieved the goals in record time in 2015.
Stefano Pettinato, Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme in Bahrain, said: “We are delighted to seal this collaboration with BPC today, and look forward to working with the Committee and other actors in supporting its noble objective of integrating persons with all types of abilities in the field of sports, a pivotal gateway for inclusion, renewed opportunities, and inspiration.
“This mission is enshrined in the principle of ‘leaving no one behind,’ which is at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals, agreed in 2015 by all countries around the world, including Bahrain. Today as UNDP we commit to this new collaboration, to provide all possible support within our mandate, fostering engagement and inclusiveness while accompanying the work of the BPC, which we believe can and will effectively contribute to sustainable development in (Bahrain).”