The Kingdom of Bahrain and UN-HABITAT have announced the establishment of the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa Habitat Award. The award aims to promote the ideals and principles of good governance and equity in housing and urban development policies and practice. The award carries a cash prize of USD 100,000.
In 2007, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain, received the Special Citation of the Habitat Scroll of Honour in recognition of his visionary leadership in attaining the Millennium Development Goals. Through participatory governance, the Kingdom of Bahrain has been able to reduce poverty and to bring about social justice through inclusive housing policy, housing finance systems and good urban governance.
The award is to be presented to a single winner, every two years at the World Urban Forum. It will go to a person, groups, or institutions responsible for an initiative deemed outstanding in implementation of the Habitat Agenda, the attainment of human settlements-related Millennium Development Goals, and the promotion of international and south-south cooperation through the exchange and transfer of lessons learned from experience.