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UAE and United Nations discuss cooperation

posted on 14/02/2014: 1838 views

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, yesterday met with Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Head of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA, and his accompanying delegation, on the sideline of the 2nd UAE Government Summit.

During the meeting, Sheikha Lubna highlighted UAE's keenness to "enhance cooperation and partnership with the United Nations along with international organisations and the entire world to create a better world, free of hazards and threats that counteract humanity, in addition to enhancing sustainable development, which aims to provide a decent life for all the people around the world and raise the satisfaction and welfare indicators in developing and poor countries.

"That is clearly expressed in the UAE's increased efforts and elevated status as one of the most generous donor countries worldwide, as per the directives of UAE's wise leadership, to assist and support affected people of the humanitarian emergencies all over the world and establishing development projects in the developing countries." Sheikha Lubna went on to confirm during the meeting that the efforts of the UAE's wise leadership and their unlimited support has helped in ranking the UAE at 14th position on the UN's International Happiness Index, as the UAE government is adopting development strategies that aim to provide a decent and quality life to UAE's citizens and residents, while working on drawing a road-map for happiness and alleviating the suffering of affected people, in coordination with all international participants and development organisations, to provide assistance and support to developing countries and people in need, mentioning the efforts of many UAE humanitarian organisations and diversity of their development and humanitarian giving.

She also reviewed the UAE's efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) related to the UAE, as an active participant in achieving these goals.

Prof. Sachs underlined that UAE managed, within four decades, to formulate an unprecedented development model in the region, that contributed in providing a happy existence for citizens and residents, commending the philosophy and wisdom of the UAE's leadership in achieving welfare inside the UAE and all over the world.

The meeting was attended by Hazza Al Qahtani, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, and Rashid Al Teneiji, Director of Communication '&' International Relations Department. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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