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UAE renews strong commitment to UN principles and values

posted on 27/10/2013: 1772 views

The United Arab Emirates, out of its strong commitment to United Nations principles and values, will continue endeavouring to ensure an economic prosperity that will lead to better living conditions for all regions of the world, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development has said.

Addressing a reception hosted by the UN office in the UAE to mark the 68th anniversary of the United Nations Day, Sheikh Nahyan said: "I am pleased to join this celebration of the founding of the United Nations in 1945. The achievements of the UN and its family of specialised agencies have been spectacular, particularly in regard to human rights, support in areas of famine, eradication of disease, promotion of health, and settlement of refugees. No one can deny that the work of the United Nations has been a tremendous force for good in our world." He pointed out that United Arab Emirates proudly joined the United Nations just seven days after becoming an independent nation in December 1971.

"We have benefited from the advice provided by many UN agencies, and we have been steadfast in our support of the UN mission. For example, next week, as you know, our government will host in Abu Dhabi the International Atomic Energy Agency as it conducts its vitally important International Conference on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources.

Along with the other members of the United Nations, we look forward to when the top priorities around the world are those devoted to the fulfilment of the basic human needs of safety, security, food, good health, and shelter to all members of our global society. In far too many places, however, we find evidence that those are not current priorities. Cultural differences and economic difficulties derail cooperation and lead to bitter competition. It sometimes appears that our cultural, economic, and political differences have become sources of intractable conflict, rather than the basis for mutual respect and the common ground for solving global problems." He went on to say: concentration on those shortcomings can, of course, obscure the tremendous advances that we have also made, the countless examples of cultural exchange, cooperation, and respect that represent the hope of a new era of peace. It appears to me that since the founding of the United Nations, the world, as a whole, has experienced change that has carried it toward "a more secure world, a better world, a world of progress for all peoples," to quote the visionary words of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and distinguished UN official Ralph Bunche.

In many ways, the United Arab Emirates is a microcosm of what the new world order entails. As an international community, we share with nations around the world the many challenges regarding economic development, health, the environment, and education as well as effective international cooperation and the improvement of human dignity and understanding. We also recognise that from those challenges arise a plethora of new opportunities to shape the future of our planet. As Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development, I strongly believe that the energy, education, vitality, and enthusiasm of people everywhere can and will move the global community to focus on issues of common concern and to seek solutions to the most important problems of our time. You can understand why I have such a strong interest in the work of the United Nations and why I take such personal pleasure in celebrating with you tonight.

Sheikh Nahyan added: "It will be our strong commitment to United Nations principles and values that will ensure an economic prosperity that will lead to better living conditions for all regions of the world. It will be our strong commitment to UN principles and values that will help our global citizens enjoy more healthy lives. It will be our strong commitment to UN principles and values that will help us address important environmental issues such as global climate change, waste management, recycling, potable water, and renewable energy sources. It will be our strong commitment to UN principles that will improve education of our young men and women so that all people around the globe can participate in today's emerging knowledge-based economies.

And it will be our strong commitment to UN principles that will promote peace, justice, tolerance, and human dignity around the world.

Together, on the 68th annual day of the United Nations, we must reaffirm our conviction that we all exist in an inter-dependent world. No country can successfully work in isolation. We must all work together to create and preserve a world order that promotes hope, understanding, stability, cooperation, and prosperity. That is the promise of the United Nations that we celebrate tonight." Just last month, he recalled, the UN Secretary-General commended the UAE's efforts on international and regional levels, especially UAE dedication to peace and security, development, renewable energy, humanitarian assistance, and the empowerment of women.

He also said the UAE had done much to help the United Nations reach its Millennium Goals.

"The founder of our nation, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan, put our country firmly on the path to strengthening our regional and global engagements. The UAE plays a key role in regional and global security. We are deeply engaged in the global energy situation. The UAE plays a pivotal role in trade and investment, both regionally and globally. And we are active in promoting Socio-economic development in the region and the world.

Our current leaders are continuing our progress on that path. His Highness the President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai and by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces, routinely emphasise our commitment to work with the global community and with the United Nations to advance the cause of regional and global peace and prosperity." Sheikh Nahyan concluded by saying: "We are fortunate to live in an age where we believe in the power of collective action, where faith in the goodness of each other combines with our belief that we can effect change. This year's theme of United Nations Day is Partnerships for Global Progress. This theme clearly reflects a global commitment to work with the United Nations in order to promote global peace and security, and a more equitable global society.

Today, by our presence here, we declare our support for the Unite Nations, and our confidence in its future as an institution dedicated to international cooperation and peace. Let us remember today that after 68 years, the vast promise of the UN still holds.

Thank you for inviting me to share in your celebrations this evening. It is my hope that we can achieve peace in our world and unleash the power to make the world a better place." – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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