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UN official hails UAE efforts to protect children

Posted on 14/10/2009

UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography Najat M'jid Maalla commended yesterday efforts being made by the UAE to combat crimes related to sale and abuse of children. At a meeting yesterday with Noura Al Suweidi, Director of UAE General Women's Union (GWU), the UN official also lauded achievements generated by programmes launched by the GWU for protection of child rights in the UAE. Al Suweidi briefed the UN official on the UAE initiatives for ...  >>MORE

UAE informs UN about its law on the "peaceful use of nuclear energy"

Posted on 12/10/2009

New York - The United Arab Emirates has informed the United Nations that the law it has passed recently on the peaceful use of nuclear energy was an important step to embody a peaceful nature to all aspects of its nuclear program which will come into commercial operation in 2017, adding that the move is aimed at benefiting from nuclear program for peaceful purposes, particularly in generating electricity and improving medical and industrial services. Addressing the First Committee on ...  >>MORE

UN group evaluates human rights situation

Posted on 11/10/2009

The UAE labour law protects the rights and obligations of local and expatriate parties in the private sector, equally and indiscriminately, a top justice official told a United Nations' High Commissioner of Human Rights visiting delegation last week. "The labour law protects the rights, duties and obligations of local and expatriate employees and employers of the private sector without any form of discrimination or racism … expatriate workers represent the biggest stake of the ...  >>MORE

UAE welcomes preliminary findings of UN Report on Human Rights

Posted on 09/10/2009

New York - The UAE on Thursday welcomed the preliminary findings of a United Nations official on human rights as "constructive" and a "recognition" of the government's proactive initiatives. The government's response came after Githu Muigai, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, made his initial observations following a four-day fact-finding mission to the UAE. Commending the government's "cooperation and openness", ...  >>MORE

UAE motivating the international community to exert more effort on fighting terrorism

Posted on 09/10/2009

New York - The UAE has urged the international community to exert more effort to fight terrorism by studying its origins and addressing its diverse causes and dimensions. 'During the past two decades, the world witnessed a significantly growth in the nature of organizations sponsoring the phenomenon of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, H.E. Ambassador Ahmed A. Al-Jarman, the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, told the UN General Assembly's ...  >>MORE

Qattami addresses UNESCO conference in Paris

Posted on 08/10/2009

Paris - Minister of Education HE Humaid Mohammed Al Qattami said that UAE gives top priority for education within the framework of its plans for advancing human development, which represents the most valuable and the sublime goal of the country. Addressing the 35th session of the General Conference of the UNESCO in Paris, the minister highlighted the role played by the UAE in the consolidation of stability in the region and the world at large, as well as its efforts for the preservation of the ...  >>MORE

UAE Minister of Education chairs meeting of Arab delegations ahead of UNESCO General Conference in Paris

Posted on 07/10/2009

Minister of Education HE Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami chaired yesterday the meeting of the heads of Arab delegations participating in the 35th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO held in the French capital Paris. The minister will address the UNESCO conference tomorrow (Wednesday) to deliver the official speech of the United Arab Emirates. Al Qattami appraised the Arab delegations, which include ministers and other officials, on the role played by the UAE on the international ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates support to IRENA, peaceful nuclear energy

Posted on 28/09/2009

Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan stressed that his country's interest in developing a program for the peaceful use of nuclear energy stems from its desire to meet its growing needs of energy in the future. "We are confident that this (peaceful nuclear program) will provide an opportunity for making a positive change in the international arena," said Sheikh Abdullah in a speech before the 46th United Nations General Assembly in New York. He ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates its commitment to continue financial and economic aid to UNRWA

Posted on 27/09/2009

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) appreciates humanitarian efforts made by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) aimed at providing health, educational, social and humanitarian services to the Palestinian refugees, and reiterates its commitment to continue its financial and economic assistance to the Palestine refugee communities. 'This also includes the annual contribution of the UAE to the Agency's regular budget and its direct and indirect ...  >>MORE

UAE Permanent representative to UNESCO presents credentials to Director General

Posted on 15/08/2009

Paris - UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Abdullah Ali Masbeh Al Nuaimi, presented his credentials to the Director-General of UNESCO, Kochiro Matsuura in presence of UAE Ambassador to France Abdullah Nasser Al A'meri and senior UNESCO officials. Matsuura told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in an exclusive statement that he was pleased about the UAE's appointment of its permanent representative to UNESCO, adding that ...  >>MORE

UAE presents its report before International Committee on Fighting Racial Discrimination

Posted on 06/08/2009

Geneva - The UAE reviewed yesterday the achievements it has made in regard to elimination of all forms of racial discrimination before the international committee on fighting racial discrimination. Presenting the report to the committee, Dr. Abdul Rahim Yousuf Al Awadhi, Assistant UAE Foreign Minister for Legal and International Organisations Affairs outlined steps and measures taken by the UAE to enforce the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. ...  >>MORE

UAE Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva chairs Arab group meeting

Posted on 31/07/2009

Geneva - UAE Permanent Representative to United Nations in Geneva and Chairman of the Arab Group Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, chaired here yesterday the meeting of the Arab heads of missions at the UN in Geneva. The meeting discussed coordination mechanism in regard to Arab attitude on special resolution about the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem and Arab ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for stronger UN role in restructuring global financial system

Posted on 27/06/2009

New York - HE Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs, called on the United Nations to strengthen the role of its departments in the restructuring of global economic and financial systems. He also stressed the significance of appropriate regulation and supervision of financial markets in inspiring overall confidence in the system. Al Tayer was addressing the UN Conference on World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development,' held between June 24 and ...  >>MORE

UAE, Vanuatu establish diplomatic relations

Posted on 25/06/2009

New York - United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Vanuatu Republic on Tuesday signed a joint communiqué establishing immediate diplomatic relations between them on ambassadorial level. At the signing ceremony held at the office of the UAE's permanent mission to the United Nations in New York, UAE's Permanent representative to UN Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarmain and the Permanent representative of Vanuatu to United Nations Donald Kalpokas signed the Arabic and English texts of the communiqué which ...  >>MORE

UAE expert joins Ki-Moon's climate-change advisory panel

Posted on 20/06/2009

The head of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company has been selected to join a panel of experts to advise the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on negotiating a new global climate-change treaty, "The National” daily paper reported. Sultan Al-Jaber will assist the UN secretary general in advance of this year's summit in Copenhagen to finalise a successor agreement to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on targets for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Abu Dhabi daily. Al-Jaber joins luminaries such as ...  >>MORE

UAE hopes for UN members' support on its IRENA headquarters hosting bid

Posted on 20/06/2009

New York - The UAE expressed hopes for support from United Nations member states on its bid to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the first zero-carbon city in the world. The UAE further stressed that it geographically, politically, economically, financially and technologically in good position to host the agency's headquarters and take an active part in the realization of its development and humane goals. This came in a ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates efforts to combat nuclear terrorism

Posted on 19/06/2009

Geneva - A UAE Delegation has participated in the plenary meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism in The Hague, Netherlands, held on June 16-17. The delegation stressed on the efforts the UAE has made to combat nuclear terrorism focusing on the successful efforts of fighting terrorism financing. Ambassador Hamad Al-Ka'abi, UAE permanent representative to the IAEA, stated that the UAE's decision to join the global initiative stems from a common vision to support global ...  >>MORE

UAE Labour Minister reiterates UAE support for ILO

Posted on 18/06/2009

Geneva - Labour Minister, Saqr Ghobash, has reaffirmed the UAE's support for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and expressed his ministry's strong desire to move forward on the path of boosting cooperation with the ILO to achieve mutual interest and common goals. In an address he delivered to the 98th session of the ILO conference on Tuesday evening at the UN Headquarters, the UAE minister attributed the unprecedented economic boom in his country over the past years to the UAE's ...  >>MORE

UAE partakes in ILO Summit on Global Jobs Crisis

Posted on 16/06/2009

Geneva - The Global Jobs Crisis Summit, organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), opened here today. Labour Minister H.E. Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash is heading the UAE delegation to the three-day summit. The summit is being attended by heads of state and government, vice-presidents, labour ministers and leaders from employers' and workers' organisations. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss policies that are being implemented at the national and international level ...  >>MORE

Al Zaabi: Model project to promote more transparency in labour affairs

Posted on 15/06/2009

Geneva - The United Arab Emirates is embarking on an ambitious pilot project to improve conditions of contractual foreign workers. The country has already signed agreements with India and Philippines on launching the project. This came during a speech delivered today by UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN European Headquarter before the Human Rights Council in which he shed light on the steps taken to enhance contractual workers' rights. Al Zaabi referred to UAE's Universal Periodic ...  >>MORE

UAE's Representative to UN Geneva office hosts reception

Posted on 14/06/2009

UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva Obaid Salim Al-Za'abi on Friday hosted a reception in honour of UAE Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash who is in Geneva to take part in the to the current 98th Session of the International Labour Conference, which started in Geneva, Switzerland on June 3rd. A large number of Ministers of Labour, heads of delegations to the said conference, officials from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international bodies, ...  >>MORE

UAE Permanent Representative to UN office in Geneva delivers statements before Human Rights Council

Posted on 13/06/2009

Geneva - UAE Permanent Reprehensive to United Nations office in Geneva, Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, delivered a number of statements in the 11th session of the Human Rights Council, which is allocated for the endorsement of the human rights reports of Russian Federation, China and Azerbaijan. On the Russian Federation, Al Zaabi said the UAE appreciates the Russian Federation's positive stance of meeting all the requirements in the resolutions of the General Assembly of United Nations and ...  >>MORE

UAE is determined to continue in the path of women revivalism - official

Posted on 06/06/2009

Geneva - The United Arab Emirates reiterated today before the world community, its determination to continue the march in the path of women revivalism. Addressing the annual full-day discussion of the Human Rights Council on women's human rights on Thursday, the permanent representative of the UAE at the United Nations Office in Geneva Obeid Salem Al Za'abi said that since the formation of the UAE under the presidency of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the leadership of the country ...  >>MORE

UAE envoy addresses Human Rights Council on education

Posted on 04/06/2009

Geneva - The Human Rights Council this morning opened its eleventh session by adopting its agenda and holding an interactive dialogue with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, and the Special Rapporteur on the right to education. Vernor Munoz, Special Rapporteur on the right to education, said his report focused on the right to education for ...  >>MORE

UAE Representative to UN-Geneva chairs meeting

Posted on 03/06/2009

Geneva - UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva Obaid Salim Al-Za'abi Tuesday chaired a meeting by heads of diplomatic missions of Arab countries to the United Nations Office at Geneva. The meeting hosted Director General of the Arab Labour Organization (ALO) Mohammed Ahmed Lukman who gave a presentation on the organization's efforts to participate at the 98th session of the International Labour Conference scheduled between 3 and 19 June 2009 in Geneva. Al-Za'abi ...  >>MORE

UAE sets up diplomatic relations with Central African Republic

Posted on 24/05/2009

New York - United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Central African Republic (CAR) signed on Friday a joint communiqué for establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries on ambassadorial level beginning from 22nd May 2009. At a ceremony held at the office of the UAE's permanent mission at the United Nations in New York, UAE's Permanent representative to UN Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman and the Permanent representative of CAR at the UN Fernand Poukre-Kono signed the document in the ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for end of practices hindering development in occupied Arab territories

Posted on 16/05/2009

New York - The UAE has called for total halt to all illegal practices which hinder economic and social development in the occupied Arab territories and dehumanise the people in the territories and rob them of their human values. It also called for the need to give the issue of occupation the serious attention it deserved in the work of the UN Sustainable Development Committee. The statement was made by Ahmad Al-Jarman, UAE's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, on behalf of the Arab ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates commitment to NPT

Posted on 09/05/2009

New York - The UAE has underscored the importance of reaffirming the rejection of any attempt to the transfer, production and piling of nuclear weapons, especially in nuclear-free regions such as the Arabian Gulf region. The call was made in a statement by Hamad Al-Ka'abi, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA , when he addressed the third meeting of Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference being held here at the UN headquarters. Al-Ka'abi ...  >>MORE

UAE takes part at IPU conference in Geneva

Posted on 09/05/2009

Geneva - The UAE is taking part at the-two day conference being held by International Parliamentary Union (IPU) at United Nations in Geneva to discuss the Global Financial Crisis. The UAE delegation includes members of the Federal National Council: Sultan Saqr Al Suwaidi, Yusuf Ali bin Fadhil, Abdul Rahman Ali Al Shamsi, assistant undersecretary and Ali Obaid Al Belili, parliamentary researcher. Over 2000 participants representing parliaments of 150 countries, as well as leading financial ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for removing development obstacles in occupied Arab lands

Posted on 07/05/2009

New York - The UAE yesterday voiced its concern over a raft of development obstacles imposed by Israel on the occupied Arab and Palestinian territories. The UAE, which chairs the Arab Group at the UN, also called on the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development to act for halting all illegal practices committed by the occupier which negatively affect socio-economic development and degrade dignity and value of human being. These calls were made by H.E. Ahmed Al-Jarman, the Permanent ...  >>MORE

Keep Mideast free of nukes – UAE

Posted on 06/05/2009

New York - The UAE has renewed calls to the international community to establish a zone free of nuclear weapons in the Middle East by exerting pressure on Israel to accede to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and to place all of its nuclear facilities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The appeal came during a statement made on Monday by Ambassador Ahmad Al Jarman, UAE's permanent representative to the United Nations and Chairman of the Arab Group, before ...  >>MORE

UAE signs immunities and privileges agreement with OPCW

Posted on 28/04/2009

The Hague - Under mandate from Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE Ambassador to Belgium Ali Thani Al Suwaidi signed here yesterday, on behalf of the government of the UAE, an agreement with the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on immunities and privileges. The agreement was signed on OPCW's behalf by its Director-General, Ambassador Rogelio Pfirter. The 12-article agreement provides for immunities and privileges of the OPCW, including immunity from ...  >>MORE

UN Commission adopts UAE’s draft resolution

Posted on 26/04/2009

Vienna — United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice has adopted a revised draft resolution presented by UAE on the role and governance of civilian private security as an enhancement to crime prevention and 
community safety. The commission, which held its 18th session during the week in Vienna, unanimously adopted on Saturday, the resolution containing five recommendations. The draft resolution encouraged member states to examine the role played by civilian ...  >>MORE

UAE partakes in Durban conference

Posted on 21/04/2009

Geneva - UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN's European Headquarters Obaid Salim Al Zaabi has headed the country's delegation to the Durban Review Conference on Racism which began yesterday in Geneva. The conference is scheduled for the 20th to 24th of April 2009 at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It will review progress and assess the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA). The conference will also promote ratification of the UN International ...  >>MORE

Ambassador canvas for support for UAE's IRENA bid

Posted on 17/04/2009

New York - The UAE Ambassador at the United Nations, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Jarman, held a reception, which attracted a large number of dignitaries, including UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yusuf Mana bin Al-Otaiba and the Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Dr. Sultan Al-Jaber. The reception aimed at galvanising support for the UAE's bid to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, a bid which is facing stiff ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates support to international efforts to combat human trafficking

Posted on 14/03/2009

Geneva - United Arab Emirates has reiterated its support to the international efforts to combat the transnational crime of human trafficking. Addressing the interactive dialogue held within the framework of the 10th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the UN office in Geneva, UAE's permanent representative to UN's European headquarters Obeid Salem Al Za'abi said that UAE fully perceives the graveness of this heinous crime and the war on human trafficking can only be won with ...  >>MORE

Human dignity is major concern for UAE: envoy

Posted on 06/03/2009

Geneva - HE Obaid Salim Al Za'abi, UAE Permanent Representative at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, said today human dignity has been the main concern for the United Arab Emirates since its creation. 'The UAE has acceded to many international conventions and will continue doing so. The United Arab Emirates has achieved considerable progress in a short amount of time, for example an association for human rights has been set up in order to raise awareness on human rights issues, among other ...  >>MORE

UAE congratulates Cuba on impressive social development record

Posted on 07/02/2009

Geneva - Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the UN's European Headquarters, congratulated Cuba on the great achievements made in the fields of development and economic, social and cultural rights. Speaking during the 4th session of Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review Working Group, Al Zaabi also expressed appreciation to Cuba's strategy for providing healthcare services and free medical insurance cover to all segments of the society, including the poor, ...  >>MORE

UAE, San Marino establish diplomatic relations

Posted on 30/01/2009

New York - The UAE officially established diplomatic relations with the Republic of San Marino at ambassadorial level with effect from yesterday, said a joint statement issued by the two countries here last night. The joint statement was signed by the UAE's Permanent Ambassador to the UN, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Jarman and his San Marino counterpart Daniele Bodini in the presence of members of the diplomatic missions of the two countries. The joint statement was deposited at the UN ...  >>MORE

UAE urges UN to bring pressure on Israel to end aggression on Gaza

Posted on 18/01/2009

New York - The UAE has urged the international community to intensify efforts to bring pressure to bear on Israel to respect UN Security Council Resolution 1860, which calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces and unimpeded provision of humanitarian assistance. UAE Permanent Ambassador to the UN, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Jarman, made the statement last night in his address to the 10th Emergency Special Session of the General ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for creating international committee to probe Israel's war crime in Gaza

Posted on 16/01/2009

New York - The UAE last night called on the international community to exert the maximum possible pressure on Israel to force it to comply with the UN Security Council resolution 1860 (2009) which calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. In a statement before the UN Security Council day-long thematic debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, H.E. Ambassador Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, the ...  >>MORE

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UN official hails UAE efforts to protect children


UAE informs UN about its law on the "peaceful use of nuclear energy"


UN group evaluates human rights situation


UAE welcomes preliminary findings of UN Report on Human Rights


UAE motivating the international community to exert more effort on fighting terrorism


Qattami addresses UNESCO conference in Paris


UAE Minister of Education chairs meeting of Arab delegations ahead of UNESCO General Conference in Paris


UAE reiterates support to IRENA, peaceful nuclear energy


UAE reiterates its commitment to continue financial and economic aid to UNRWA


UAE Permanent representative to UNESCO presents credentials to Director General


UAE presents its report before International Committee on Fighting Racial Discrimination


UAE Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva chairs Arab group meeting


UAE calls for stronger UN role in restructuring global financial system


UAE, Vanuatu establish diplomatic relations


UAE expert joins Ki-Moon's climate-change advisory panel


UAE hopes for UN members' support on its IRENA headquarters hosting bid


UAE reiterates efforts to combat nuclear terrorism


UAE Labour Minister reiterates UAE support for ILO


UAE partakes in ILO Summit on Global Jobs Crisis


Al Zaabi: Model project to promote more transparency in labour affairs


UAE's Representative to UN Geneva office hosts reception


UAE Permanent Representative to UN office in Geneva delivers statements before Human Rights Council


UAE is determined to continue in the path of women revivalism - official


UAE envoy addresses Human Rights Council on education


UAE Representative to UN-Geneva chairs meeting


UAE sets up diplomatic relations with Central African Republic


UAE calls for end of practices hindering development in occupied Arab territories


UAE reiterates commitment to NPT


UAE takes part at IPU conference in Geneva


UAE calls for removing development obstacles in occupied Arab lands


Keep Mideast free of nukes – UAE


UAE signs immunities and privileges agreement with OPCW


UN Commission adopts UAE’s draft resolution


UAE partakes in Durban conference


Ambassador canvas for support for UAE's IRENA bid


UAE reiterates support to international efforts to combat human trafficking


Human dignity is major concern for UAE: envoy


UAE congratulates Cuba on impressive social development record


UAE, San Marino establish diplomatic relations


UAE urges UN to bring pressure on Israel to end aggression on Gaza


UAE calls for creating international committee to probe Israel's war crime in Gaza