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The UAE at the United Nations: Active Participation and a Vision for World Peace, Security, and Prosperity

With its global vision for peace, security, and international cooperation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) actively participates in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, leads the UAE delegation to the meetings, which will be held from September 18 to 26 in New York.

UAE Priorities

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will present the UAE‘s political priorities and its vision for peace, security, and international cooperation in the state’s address during this session, scheduled for next Saturday.

More than 150 heads of state and government leaders are expected to participate.

Active Participation

The UAE delegation, led by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will engage with member states, UN officials, and other partners in discussions on urgent global challenges.

These discussions encompass addressing climate change, countering extremism, combatting threats posed by terrorist groups, and empowering women and girls. Additionally, they will focus on efforts to raise climate ambitions, finance development areas, pandemic prevention and preparedness, comprehensive healthcare, fighting tuberculosis, and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Climate Action Intensification

As part of its ongoing efforts to intensify climate action and strengthen international cooperation to mitigate climate change impacts, the UAE participates in the “Climate Ambition Summit” hosted by the United Nations on September 20.

The summit aims to accelerate a just transition to a global economy capable of adapting to climate change.

This summit serves as a crucial milestone in climate action ahead of the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, scheduled for later this year in Dubai.

In this context, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology in the UAE and the President-designate of COP28, leads a series of significant events and bilateral meetings to mobilize necessary support for achieving ambitious and comprehensive outcomes, including two ministerial roundtables: one on global assessment and the other on loss and damage.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan stated, “Our participation in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly serves the state’s diplomatic priorities, as defined by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate.”

He added that “the UAE’s approach has contributed to building bridges and a commitment to enhancing international cooperation within the United Nations, especially during our membership in the Security Council, achieving significant accomplishments.”

He highlighted “the historic resolution adopted by the Security Council (Resolution 2686) on ‘Tolerance and International Peace and Security,’ in addition to other important resolutions related to Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Yemen.”

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan emphasized “the importance of the multilateral system, based on the UAE’s vision to create a better world for all.”

He added, “The UAE takes pride in the progress we have made in the areas of women’s empowerment, peace, and security and in deepening the understanding of the links between climate change, peace, and security.”

He continued, “As the world gathers at this forum to address critical challenges, including extremism, terrorism, climate change crises, global health, food security, and energy security, we look forward to contributing with our expertise, experience, and approach.”

Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, said, “This session of the United Nations General Assembly convenes at a critical time for the international community.”

She explained that “its theme, titled ‘Rebuilding Trust and Reshaping Global Solidarity,’ reflects the world’s need to enhance multi-party cooperation to find urgent global solutions.”

She added, “The UAE has long been known for its leading role in building bridges, and we have sought to leverage our expertise in this area during our membership in the United Nations Security Council to create common ground and foster a conducive environment for sustainable cooperation.”

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She emphasized the “UAE’s forward-looking vision to build on its extensive record in international relations while continuing to engage the international community, strengthen solidarity, reach consensus, and make further efforts to maintain global peace and security.”

The UAE delegation to the United Nations General Assembly includes Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the UAE, Abdurrahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and the Special Envoy of the UAE for Climate Change, the President-designate of COP28.

It also includes Maryam Al Mehairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, State Minister, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, State Minister for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, State Minister, Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, State Minister, Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and President-designate of COP28, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, United Nations Climate Champion for COP28, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Nora Al Suwaidi, Secretary-General of the General Women’s Union, and Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

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