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MDG goals to be integrated with national development targets

Bahrain has made progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is potentially on track on most of them. For example, Bahrain is free from extreme poverty (defined as living on less than one dollar a day). The country has 100 per cent enrolment in primary school, and is on the way to meet the 2015 target of reducing child and maternal mortality. Bahrain, however, need to take appropriate measures to meet the MDG target on environment including carbon emission, marine life protection and costal areas management. 
Given the conditions prevailing in Bahrain, discussions on the MDGs have centred on the quality and sustainability of these achievements. This dialogue has resulted in an agreement with the national authorities to update the MDG-related data and to prepare the second national MDG report.

In December 2006, the Cabinet appointed the Ministry of Social Development to work with other national authorities in the updating and preparation of a new MDG report in close coordination with UNDP. In the new report, a more comprehensive overview would revisit the national development plans and planning processes to identify the areas where MDG targets, qualitative and quantitative, could be integrated among the national targets to be achieved. It is planned to localize MDGs in Bahrain to adopt MDG Plus targets. Monitoring mechanisms will be developed for the new report, to assess progress towards MDG-Plus goals and targets.

Last updated 1 November 2007

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NOTE: The MDG data presented here is the latest available from the United Nations Statistics Division. The World Bank has recently released new poverty estimates, which reflect improvements in internationally comparable price data. The new data estimates set a new poverty line of US$1.25 a day and offer a much more accurate picture of the cost of living in developing countries. They are based on the results of the 2005 International Comparison Program (ICP), released in first half of 2008. Country-specific poverty estimates will be released by the World Bank in late 2008