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About the Mission

Our Mission 

The Permanent Mission of the UAE works to advance the UAE’s interests at and strengthen the vitality of the United Nations. The Mission champions the international rules-based order and encourages the consideration of regional perspectives by the Security Council and other UN organs.

Our deep commitment to development and humanitarian assistance is seen through our significant contributions to relief and development projects around the world. Our dedication to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is core to our work at home and abroad. We work collaboratively with other member states to modernize the organization to ensure the body is representative of the world today and capable of addressing current and future challenges. And as a Security Council member the UAE plays an active role on efforts concerning climate change, the Women Peace and Security agenda, international law, and peacekeeping.

Through multilateral engagement, we share our moderate and progressive model for modern governance with the world. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the forefront of our foreign policy and we unapologetically promote the role of the next generation in shaping policy. Our key efforts within the UN reflect these values. They include:

Gender Equality. The UAE is a top contributing country to UN Women, with representation on the Executive Board since 2013. In 2017, we opened the first regional office for UN Women in Abu Dhabi. We are a regional leader in advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, co-sponsoring UN Security Council Resolution 2493 urging Member States to intensify efforts to promote participation of women in peace processes ahead of 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325. Read more about our gender equality work.

Sustainability. The UAE is a champion of renewable energy and decarbonization efforts and hosts the UN’s International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) headquarters. The UAE also hosted the official preparatory sessions for the last two UN Climate Action Summits. Read more about our sustainability work.

Innovation. Alongside Switzerland, the UAE led the establishment of the Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation in 2018. The UAE provided intellectual capital, financial resources and guidance for the work of the multinational panel—co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma—which was tasked with determining how to improve international cooperation in the digital space in areas from trust and security to global connectivity to artificial intelligence. The UAE will continue to be a leader in discussions and initiatives at the UN around digital technology as a convener, facilitator, and provider of new ideas. Read more about our innovation work.

Humanitarianism. The UAE is home to International Humanitarian City, a logistics and supply center for nine UN agencies and more than 40 NGOs and commercial organizations involved in the delivery of aid and development. We also assumed the Vice-Chairmanship of the Advisory Committee of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in July 2019. Read more about our humanitarian work.

Peace and Security. The UAE works alongside partners to maintain international peace and security in accordance with the UN Charter, and to animate those principles through support for UN Peace Operations, preventive diplomacy and disarmament. The UAE serves as the Co-Chair of Working Group on Stabilization and has provided extensive support to the Unit on Crimes Against Women and Children of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), which documents evidence of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Read more about our peace and security work.

Cooperation. The UAE assumed chairmanship of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in March 2019 for a one-year term and our UN Mission is also chair of the OIC Group in New York for the same time period. Read more about our cooperation work.

Whether convening the world to address the threat of climate change, or serving as a bridge for ideas, culture, and commerce to transit the globe, the UAE is now, and will forever be, a committed partner to a more just, peaceful, and inclusive world.

Other UN bodies to which the UAE contributes include:

  • Group of Friends of Resolution 1540
  • Group of Friends of E-governance and Cybersecurity
  • Group of Friends of Reintegration of Child Soldiers
  • Group of Friends on Women, Peace and Security
  • Group of Friends of Preventing Violent Extremism
  • Group of Friends of Counter-Terrorism
  • Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism
  • Group of Friends of Sustainable Energy for All (SE for All)
  • Group of Friends of Sustainable Cities
  • Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs
  • The Group of Friends of Climate Change
  • The Humanitarian Liaison Working Group
  • The Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking
  • Group of Friends of Persons with Disabilities
  • Group of Friends for Gender Parity
  • International Gender Champions
  • Group of Friends on Women’s Economic Empowerment
  • Women in Leadership and Development



Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh has served as the United Arab Emirates Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations since September 2013.

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  • Shahad Matar



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  • Translator

    The translator makes critical contributions to the UAE’s Mission by effectively translating and writing drafts, analyses, and other documents in English and Arabic. The translator advises internal staff on translation issues, word choice, and appropriate language.

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If you have a question or would like more information about the Mission, contact us below.

315 E 46th Street, New York NY 10017 E NYUNPRM@mofaic.gov.ae
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