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 will serve as the COP28 President in 2023. The UAE was the first country in the region to announce an ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2050, and also hosts the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with 184 member countries. 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 across areas such as trust and security, global connectivity, and artificial intelligence. As a Security Council member, the UAE is working to harness the potential of technology in the maintenance of peace and security. 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 currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Working Group on Stabilization. In addition, the UAE has provided extensive support to the Unit on Crimes Against Women and Children, which operates within the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), and is committed to promoting multilateral cooperation that considers local and regional contexts when tailoring approaches to combat terrorism and extremism. Read more about our peace and security work.
Cooperation. The UAE served as Chair of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in March 2019 for a one-year term, and the Mission was also chair of the OIC Group in New York for the same time period. During the UAE’s presidency of the UN Security Council in March 2022, the UAE elevated the importance of increasing cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations, such as the League of Arab States, through a high-level briefing. 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:
As a member of the UN Security Council, the UAE serves as either Chair or Vice-Chair of the following subsidiary bodies:
Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh has served as the United Arab Emirates Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations since September 2013.Read More
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