11 September 2007The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, has inaugurated a week-long exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York on development in Bahrain, to mark the award the UN-Habitat award the country’s prime minister, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. The exhibition, organized by the Mission of Bahrain to the UN and dubbed “Bahrain: Making policy a reality, meeting the millennium challenges,” features the Middle Eastern country’s efforts to preserve the environment through responsible urban planning. “Development is indispensable for advancement, prosperity and safeguarding the future. It is a fundamental human right that we must all strive to protect and promote,” Sheikha Haya said.In implementing initiatives in the pursuit of development, “the needs of the poor must be paramount, for poverty, just like unemployment and illiteracy, reinforces the foundation upon which tension, fanaticism and violence thrive,” she added.