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UAE will do its best to support MDGs: says UAE Minister

posted on 22/09/2010: 1982 views

New York - The UAE has supported Millennium Declaration (MDG) based on its firm conviction that the implementation of the MDG is a main factor in the maintenance of peace, security and prosperity in the world, said UAE State Minister Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi, here yesterday at the high level plenary meeting of the General assembly, on assessment of the Millennium Summit.

"Today, we renew our support of the Declaration and affirm our intention to continue working towards achieving the MDG by the year 2015 as we pledged, she added while speaking at the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on Follow- up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit", she added.

The UAE minister congratulated Switzerland, on behalf of the United Arab Emirates delegation, for its election as a president of the General Assembly at its 65th session.

The recent international economic, financial and security conditions prevailing during the last few years have demonstrated how interlinked the interests and concerns of countries of the world are. The economic crises aftermath proved that no country is safe from its impact regardless to the distances or the economic differences.

The United Arab Emirates strongly believes that success in achieving the MDGS requires an effective global partnership within the frame work of the recommendations of the Millennium Declaration and other conferences on development, especially the Monterey Consensus and the Doha Declaration on Financing for Development.

"And while we recognise that the global economic and financial crisis led to the recession of the national incomes of developed donor countries, we urge those countries not to withdraw their commitments and keep working towards achieving the 0.7 per cent of their gross national income as official development assistance for the developing countries; take effective steps towards alleviating or cancelling their debts, and provide them with the new technology to help them build enabling environment for sustainable development", she said.

The UAE official emphasised the importance of reforming the international economic, financial and trade systems so as to allow the developing countries the opportunity to participate in the international market in a just and equitable manner. "In the same time, we urge the developing countries to adopt economic policies that encourage production and help attract foreign investment." The UAE minister noted that her country succeeded in containing the aftermath of the economic crises so as not to impact its achievements in the development process and fall back from commitments and foreign aid contributions for development. "Our successes in achieving the Millennium Development Goals on the national level, allowed us to enhance our contributions in the global partnership to assist developing countries achieve the development goals as soon as possible. We have exploited the revenue of oil to expand and diversify sources of national income and focus on the human development." She underscored that "We were able in a short period of time to achieve total eradication of poverty, raise the average income per capita to the highest levels in the world, and achieve gender equality and women empowerment. In the same time we ensured the sustainability of the environment, mitigation the effects of climate change and reduced emissions." She cited that the Masdar Initiative for renewable energy, which was launched in Abu Dhabi in 2007, is considered the first of its kind in the region and a big step towards investing in renewable energy and reducing the levels of carbon dioxide to the lowest possible level.

The United Arab Emirates believes in the high value of human life and in the importance of protecting and developing it and providing a dignified source of living for very human being wherever he is. Standing on these principles, Reem noted the United Arab Emirates has adopted a foreign policy that focuses on cooperation and bilateral and international partnerships to achieve development in other countries. The UAE is one of the major donors in the international partnership for development. A number of national institutions and funds participate in the foreign aid contributions, which forms a high percentage of the gross national income of our country.

"These contributions are provided as ODA for around 100 developing countries in various continents. 95 per cent of that assistance is given as grants while the rest goes in the form of loans. About 80 per cent of these contributions are directed to major development projects in those countries. For instance the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, founded in 2007 by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the state, provides relief and development assistance to developing countries and effected countries by natural disasters and conflicts, as well as financing development projects in more than 45 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe", she said.

Reem added that Dubai Care Initiative founded by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, works to provide primary education for 4 million children in 14 developing countries to fight poverty and empower them, within the frame work of the MDGs.

The UAE official said this year the United Arab Emirates launched the Pacific Programme in February 2010 with an initial capital of US $50 million, solely dedicated to the provision of funding for projects and initiatives focusing on the Pacific island nations in a wide-range of developmental fields, such as education, health and social services, infrastructure and projects in renewable energy.

The UAE plays an effective role in strengthening the international assistance in cases of emergency, such as natural disasters and armed conflicts. In 2009 the UAE has donated around 3 billion dollars as humanitarian and development assistance, with special focus on countries most affected.

She concluded that the UAE reaffirms its commitment to strengthen the international partnership to expedite the implementation of the MDGs, calling for the intensification of the international efforts to deal with the underlying causes and challenges that hinder the achievement of the goals on time, and to find effective solutions for them. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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