Ministers from the United Arab Emirates will join the international community next week at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to advance solutions to pressing global challenges such as COVID-19, the digital divide, climate change, and gender inequality.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, will lead the UAE delegation in a hybrid format of in-person and virtual meetings at this year’s event. The delegation will also be preparing for the UAE’s two-year term on the UN Security Council, which begins in January 2022.

“With the enormous strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE believes that this is a key moment to heed the Secretary-General’s call to ‘Build Back Better,’” said Her Excellency Lana Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN.

“As an incoming member of the UN Security Council, the UAE will deepen its commitment to improved cooperation on global health, promoting gender equality, building resilience to climate change, and harnessing the potential of innovation for peace.”

The UAE delegation will focus on pursuing an inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine equity.

The UAE delegation will also work to fortify global food systems, ensure affordable and clean energy solutions, and end the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The UAE national statement will be delivered at the general debate of the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2021.

The high-level week of the UN General Assembly is an annual gathering of world leaders for meetings to address pressing global challenges.

Minister Al Hashimy will be joined in New York by H.E. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and the Special Envoy for Climate Change; H.E. Sheikh Shakhbout Al Nahyan, Minister of State; and H.E. Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State.

Virtual attendees will include H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth; H.E. Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security; H.E. Omar Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications; H.E. Ahmed Al Sayegh, Minister of State.

From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Yacoub Al Hosani, Assistant Minister for International Organizations; and H.E. Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development will also be participating in virtual meetings.