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UAE reiterates commitment to keep supporting social development

posted on 13/10/2008: 738 views

The UAE has urged the international community to double its efforts in the implementation of recommendations issued by series of social development related conferences held by the United Nations with the aim of improving the living standard at the local and international levels.

In a UAE statement to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) Monira Al-Marzouqi, member of the UAE delegation at the Sixty-third General Assembly said half the world's population lacked the simplest means of dignified living, with many of them beset by disease, suffering from illiteracy and unemployment, and victims of organised crime.

"The United Arab Emirates believed in social justice and sought to participate effectively in international proceedings to create a peaceful world. The Emirates had shown progress in its social development indicators, reflected in the rise in income levels, as well as increased spending on health, education and social protection schemes. Rates of illiteracy had decreased, and the enrolment of women in schools had risen, accompanied by their increased participation in the workforce and in Government," she stated.

On education, she said the first programme of action was launched to provide free education to citizens at all levels, so as to prepare the youth of both sexes for employment, in accordance with national development plans and consistent with changes in the labour market. "Furthermore, the United Arab Emirates had provided 4 million people with education in Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East, in partnership with many multilateral organizations," she added.

On other social indicators, she said child mortality rates had been drastically reduced, and diseases like malaria and tuberculosis had been eliminated. "A recent initiative sought to treat 1 million people suffering from diseases in Africa," she said, adding that laws were in place to combat human trafficking and unfair employment practices.

Regarding youth, she said the United Arab Emirates had established special centres to care for their employment needs, adding that centres had been set up in remote areas to serve the needs of older persons. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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