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UAE urges world community to strive to settle conflicts

posted on 06/03/2004: 559 views

The United Arab Emirates has called on the international community to exert the utmost effort to settle disputes in the world particularly those in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. "We would like to remind international community of the dire condition of women in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq, where they suffer under all forms of violence, oppression and poverty," said Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Shamsi, UAE's permanent representative to the UN, in a statement in News York last Wednesday at the 48th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

He expressed his country's willingness to provide the Commission with all the support and cooperation, adding that such a stance is in harmony with the government policies and a translation of the position of H.H Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of the President and Chairperson of the General Women's Union (GWU). The permanent representative reiterated his country's support of the UN recommendations on women.

On the status of women in the UAE, Al Shamsi said the government had adopted a national development policy derived from the principles of Islamic religion and the vision of the president of the state, which he added "calls for establishing a society where the human being is the centre of the national policy, women and men enjoy equal rights and duty and human value."

"From this respect and from its conviction that women are major partners and effective players in the development of the country, the government of the UAE had issued laws and legislations to promote and ensure gender equality to secure the human rights of women, including social justice right to title and equal opportunities for education and work," noted Al Shamsi.

He said UAE had committed itself to the implementation of all the recommendation and outcomes of the international and regional conferences on women especially the Beijing platform of action and the 23rd session of the General Assembly. "In this regard", he added, "the UAE established six national machineries for the advancement of women and the implementation of the recommendations of those conferences," citing the GWN as at the top of these machineries. "The latest manifestation of this commitment was the inauguration last year, by Sheikha Fatima, of the New National Strategy for the Advancement of Women in the UAE."

Al Shamsi told the session that the UAE cabinet had agreed to become party to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women. He said Sheikha Fatima had recently announced the GWU's support for the recommendations of the "Women for Peace Movement", which was launched at Sharm El Sheikh of Egypt in 2002, aiming to incorporate women in efforts to prevent armed conflicts and devote all capacities to build peace and stability in the Middle East to complement the efforts of the leaders in the region. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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