As I strolled through the bustling corridors of the Bahrain pavilion at COP28, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and admiration for the remarkable display of commitment and innovation that this small kingdom has brought to the global stage.
From the moment I set foot in the pavilion, it was evident that Bahrain had spared no effort in showcasing its dedication to environmental sustainability and climate action. The air was abuzz with activity, engaging discussions, and a palpable sense of enthusiasm, all of which underscored Bahrain’s unwavering commitment to making a meaningful impact at COP28.
What struck me the most was the palpable energy and passion exuded by the friendly faces from the Supreme Council for Environment team who manned the pavilion. Their genuine warmth and eagerness to share Bahrain’s environmental initiatives and achievements were truly inspiring. It was heartening to witness the collaborative spirit that permeated the pavilion, with ministers, parliamentarians, and representatives from the private sector coming together to present Bahrain at its best. The pavilion was a testament to the collective efforts of the nation, shining brightly and radiating a message of hope and determination.
The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the announcement of “Blueprint Bahrain” by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, a visionary initiative that encapsulates Bahrain’s steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development. Throughout COP28, the Bahrain pavilion remained in perfect alignment with the overarching themes of the conference, offering a comprehensive showcase of the nation’s environmental policies, conservation efforts, and climate resilience strategies. It was a powerful demonstration of Bahrain’s pledge to the planet, a promise to safeguard its natural heritage and contribute meaningfully to global sustainability.
An array of impressive side events further enriched Bahrain’s discourse on climate action at the global stage. Notable highlights included the unveiling of the Green Factory Label, showcasing Bahrain’s commitment to sustainable industrial practices. Housing Minister Amna bint Ahmed Al Romaihi’s emphasis on Salman Town and Bahrain’s sustainability efforts added depth to the kingdom’s urbanisation experience aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 11. Furthermore, Oil and Energy Minister Dr Mohammed Bin Daina’s advocacy for carbon management as an essential pillar to maintain the 1.5°C target resonated strongly. The presence of esteemed entities such as EY, KPMG, HSBC, NBB, Bahrain Bourse, Finmark, APM Terminals, Amercian Chamber of Commerce, Mashreq, and GIB, alongside a high-level delegation of ministers, Shura Council members, and parliamentarians at the pavilion, underscored the nation’s unwavering commitment to climate action and sustainability on the global stage.
Once again, it was ‘truly Bahrain’, active and vibrant, as ever. This beautiful island never ceases to impress me. The Bahrain Pavilion was not just a physical space; it was a living testament to the kingdom’s unwavering dedication to environmental preservation and sustainable progress.
As I reflect on the experience, I am filled with optimism and pride, knowing that this small kingdom is indeed making a big footprint of its own on the global stage, and its commitment to a greener, more sustainable future is truly shining ever so beautifully.
By Raji Unnikrishnan