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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

UN's HRC should document, monitor human rights violations in Gaza, says UAE envoy

Posted on 10/01/2009

Geneva - The United Arab Emirates' Permanent Representative to the European Headquarters of the United Nation Obaid Salem Al Zaabi has urged the Human Rights Council to shoulder its legal responsibility towards documenting and monitoring Israel's "gross violations to the human rights" in Gaza. In a statement made before HRC's special session on situation in Gaza, opened here yesterday, Al Zaabi said the destruction caused by Israel's war machine spared nothing in Gaza. "Israel's war machine ...  >>MORE

UAE is committed to Chemical Weapons Convention

Posted on 05/12/2008

Hague - The UAE will remain committed to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons (Chemical Weapons Convention) out of its belief that Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are still posing a real threat to international peace and security. H.E. Ali Thani Al Suwaidi Ambassador of United Arab Emirates to Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told the 13th Conference ...  >>MORE

UAE voices concerns over non-delivery of its aid to Palestinians

Posted on 26/11/2008

The United Arab Emirates yesterday condemned Israel's continuous policy of siege and closure in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as the main cause behind the unprecedented deterioration in the humanitarian economic and social situation in Palestine. The UAE voiced grave concern over obstacles set by Israel in the way of delivery of its humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians. 'This policy has contributed to aggravating deprivation and stalling the ongoing political process between the ...  >>MORE

UN Officials Praise Abu Dhabi Initiative to host Global Launch of 2009 Humanitarian Appeal

Posted on 21/11/2008

UN officials yesterday praised the initiative taken by the Government of the UAE, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, to host the launch of the 2009 Humanitarian Appeal, in addition to the traditional launch at the United Nations office in Geneva. On 24 November, under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the event known as the Consolidated Appeals Process, (CAP) will raise awareness of the annual Appeal for ...  >>MORE

UAE to head UNESCO body

Posted on 14/11/2008

United Arab Emirates has been elected to head the UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. At its third session held in Turkey between 4th and 8th November, UAE was represented by an official delegation headed by Dr. Nasser Ali Al Humairi, Director of moral heritage at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage is the executive body in charge ...  >>MORE

UAE gives full support to global interfaith dialogue

Posted on 14/11/2008

New York - ted Arab Emirates has reiterated its full support to the global interfaith dialogue, initiated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. Addressing the Interfaith Confab currently being hosted in New York by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in response to a call by King Abdullah, the UAE Supreme Council member and Ruler of Fujairah, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sharqi said that the diversity of faiths and cultures is a ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for increased efforts to help poor nations hit by current food and financial crisis

Posted on 13/11/2008

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has urged the United Nations and its relevant partners to double their efforts to meet the increasing needs of the poor and deprived nations in the wake of the current combination of food and financial crisis, as well as issues of poverty, armed conflicts and serious diseases. In a statement before the 45th plenary session of the 63rd General Assembly, debating on the ways to bolster the UN humanitarian assistance to the affected nations, Ahmed Al-Jarman, UAE's ...  >>MORE

UAE calls on the international community to press Israel to stop atrocities

Posted on 09/11/2008

United Arab Emirates has issued a call to the international community to press Israel to stop its atrocities in the Palestinian territories. In a statement made before the UN General Assembly's Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) on Friday, while discussing the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, the member of the UAE delegation Hamad Obeid Ibrahim ...  >>MORE

UAE ratifies international agreement on peaceful resolution of conflict

Posted on 07/11/2008

Holland - The UAE yesterday became a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) following its ratification of the1907 international convention for the peaceful resolution of conflict. The UAE's ratified document to that effect was presented here by Ali Thani Al-Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands and UAE's Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), to the head of the international convention department at the Foreign Ministry of ...  >>MORE

UAE urges world donors to fund UNRWA's programmes

Posted on 03/11/2008

The United Arab Emirates has urged all international donors to contribute to activities of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) so to enable it meets growing humanitarian needs of the Palestinian refugees. The UAE also called on Israel to end its ongoing aggression towards Palestinian camps and to lift the blockade, as well as to end the restriction of free movement of UNRWA's staff so they could provide the urgent humanitarian assistance ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for a balanced women's participation in the protection of peace and security

Posted on 01/11/2008

New York - The UAE has called on the international community to help boost a balanced women's participation in all efforts being made in the making and protection of national peace, security and stability in their communities and regions, as well as in the decision making process, mediation, reconciliation, administration of humanitarian operations, disarmament and reconstruction efforts. "Security Council Resolution 1325(2000), which was issued 8 years ago, represented an international ...  >>MORE

UAE elected to UN tropical diseases research body

Posted on 01/11/2008

The United Arab Emirates was elected to the Joint Coordinating Board (JCB), the top governing body of the United Nations Tropical Disease Research programme (TDR), a global special programme for research and training in tropical diseases, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Health. For the first time ever and with a term of for years, the UAE has become a on the JCB of the independent global programme of scientific collaboration that helps coordinate, support and influence ...  >>MORE

UAE calls on UN media to shed light on Palestinian, developing countries' issues

Posted on 26/10/2008

New York - The UAE has called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility on providing developing countries with the necessary resources to enable them to use modern technology and have access to knowledge. "We wish also to seize this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Assistant-Secretary-General for Public Information and the staff of the Department for their distinguished efforts in disseminating the noble values of the United Nations towards maintaining global ...  >>MORE

UAE voices concerns over Israeli expansion into Palestinian territories, Golan Heights

Posted on 22/10/2008

New York - The United Arab Emirates voiced concern over Israel's illegal settlement expansion policy into the Palestinian territories aimed at changing the political, legal and demographic realities. It also called on the International community to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the territories and aggressions against Palestinians and Arabs in the Syrian Golan Heights. This came in a statement delivered by Ali Rashid Al-Mazrouei, Member of the United Arab Emirates Delegation to the ...  >>MORE

UAE pledges total cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency

Posted on 19/10/2008

The United Arab Emirates reasserted its adherence to the principles of non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament, and reiterated its continued and full commitment to the principles of complete transparency and total cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. This was stated in an intervention address made by Hani Mohamed bin Huwaidin, Member of the UAE Delegation to the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, before the Thematic Discussion of the Disarmament and ...  >>MORE

UAE elected to ISO council membership

Posted on 17/10/2008

Dubai, Oct 17, 2008 (WAM) - The UAE has been elected to the council of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) for a two-year term. Represented through the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), the UAE was elected at ISO's 31st General Assembly in Dubai yesterday as a member of the council, with 97 countries having voting rights. 'Electing the UAE as an ISO council member adds to the accomplishments of the country and enhances its representation at ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates commitment to combating terrorism

Posted on 14/10/2008

The United Arab Emirates reiterated its commitment to continue combating terrorism and stressed its view that this problem is among the gravest challenges which threaten the interests, security and stability of all states and societies at a time when terrorist perpetrators and financial sponsors increasingly use more complex plans and methods that rely much on globalized trans-national and cross-border technologies. This came in a statement delivered by Khamis Rashid Al-Shemeili, member of the ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates commitment to keep supporting social development

Posted on 13/10/2008

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 ...  >>MORE

UAE's efforts to diversify national income underway

Posted on 12/10/2008

The UAE is making efforts to further diversify its income sources and avoid being fully dependant to maintain sustainable economic and social development, according to a statement by the UAE delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Second Committee. "The UAE views sustainable development as the best way to provide stability and security for all peoples of the world ... and is urging for the adoption and implementation of all relative international resolutions and recommendations", ...  >>MORE

Academics: UNESCO approves UAE award in Paris

Posted on 11/10/2008

Paris -The Executive Council of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approved unanimously the establishment of the international branch of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Outstanding Academic Performance on Friday at the UNESCO's headquarters in Paris. ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for cooperation in strategic weapons disarmament

Posted on 09/10/2008

The United Arab Emirates Tuesday evening called for serious efforts by the international community towards strategic weapons disarmament by showing great respect for international law and UN Charter. The UAE also reiterated the need to ensure peaceful use of nuclear energy and cited its peaceful nuclear programme as a good example in transparency in the provision of nuclear-driven energy requirements without the need for uranium enrichment and which, if needed, must be done under the close ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed meets UN Secretary General

Posted on 30/09/2008

New York - HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs met here yesterday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Sheikh Abdullah's meeting with the UN chief touched on a number of international and regional issues being discussed by the UN General Assembly, notably Iraq, Palestine, the Middle East and Afghanistan. The humanitarian role of the UAE in many troubled hotspots in the world was also discussed. The UN Secretary General commended the UAE move to open its ...  >>MORE

UAE Foreign Minister addresses United Nation General Assembly's 63rd ordinary session

Posted on 28/09/2008

UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has called for a full compliance with the principles of the UN Charter and international legitimacy to tackle the enormous challenges that currently face the international community. Addressing the 63rd Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday in New York, Sheikh Abdullah also outlined country's position and views with regards to a number of regional and international issues. In his speech, Sheikh Abdullah ...  >>MORE

UAE FM Abdullah Bin Zayed meets EU officials, Abbas, Blair, Karzai, counterparts and leaders in New York

Posted on 27/09/2008

New York - Bilateral relations between the UAE and respective countries and issues of mutual concern were at the centre of meetings which brought together UAE Foreign Minister H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and leaders and counterpart foreign ministers of other countries. The separate meetings took place in New York on the sidelines of the 63rd sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. Sheikh Abdulla and Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority (PNA), at one of ...  >>MORE

US, GCC, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt voice support for full exercise of navigational rights in the Strait of Hormuz

Posted on 26/09/2008

Washington - The Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and the United States called on Iran to honour its promise of cooperating with the IAEA, its commitment to develop peaceful nuclear power, and its assurance that it is not seeking production of nuclear weapons. In their joint statement issued jointly today by participating Foreign Ministers after the GCC, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and United States meeting on September 24, 2008, in New York City, the Ministers ...  >>MORE

UAE urges UN to tackle obstacles hindering the war against terror

Posted on 07/09/2008

The United Arab Emirates yesterday urged the international community to boost joint efforts to willfully and strongly tackle the obstacles hindering the total eradication of terror. The country also called for systematic, objective, balanced and transparent review of the definition of terrorism to facilitate international consensus on the definition of the phenomenon. In a statement delivered by Anwar Othman Barout Saleem Al-Barout, Acting Charge d'Affairs at the UAE Mission at the UN ...  >>MORE

Dubai Police Chief receives UN official

Posted on 24/08/2008

Dubai Police Commander General, Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, received at his office in Dubai yesterday, Counsellor at the UN Security and Safety Department, Faisal Mustapha. They discussed ways to boost cooperation between Dubai Police Headquarters and the UN Security and Safety Department. They also discussed some issues of common interest to the two sides. At the end of the meeting, which was held in the presence of the Administrative officer at the UN Security and Safety Department, ...  >>MORE

UAE's efforts hailed in record heroin seizure

Posted on 24/08/2008

New York — The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has hailed the efforts of the UAE authorities in seizing 202kg of heroin, worth some US$11 million, in what is being called the largest-ever heroin bust in the Arab world. The police also arrested 19 Afghans in last week's seizure, which took place in Sharjah, where the suspects ran a fruit and vegetable business as a cover. UNODC's representative for the Middle East and North Africa, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, called the seizure "a ...  >>MORE

UN Secretary receives credentials GCC delegations' head

Posted on 02/08/2008

New York - The Secretary General of the United Nations H. E. Mr. BAN Ki- moon, received today in his office, Ambassador Dr. Abdullah bin Salim bin Hamad Al- Harthy, who presented to him his letter of credentials as the Permanent Observer of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf to the United Nations. After presenting the Letter of Credentials, which were signed by H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council, Ambassador Al-Harthy ...  >>MORE

UN hails creation of UAE's Aid Coordination Office

Posted on 09/07/2008

The establishment of the UAE's Aid Coordination Office, prepared in close collaboration with UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is a very important and appreciated initiative, according to the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Response Coordinator, John Holmes. "A lot of work has gone into developing this Office and ensuring that it is in line with international standards of accountability and transparency, Holmes said in ...  >>MORE

Gargash receives President of UN GA

Posted on 07/07/2008

HE Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, met here yesterday with Sergian Kerim, the President of the General Assembly of the UN who is currently visiting the UAE as part of a regional tour. Dr Gargash welcomed Kerim and reviewed with him aid and relief assistance offered by the UAE to the third world countries. They also discussed the situation in the Middle East, as well as security and stability of the Gulf region. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE Ambassador to UN office in Geneva reiterates Palestinian people's rights

Posted on 19/06/2008

UAE Permanent Representative to United Nations office in Geneva Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, underlined support of the UAE to the Arab group and Organisation of Islamic Conference statements on the humanitarian rights of Palestinian people. He also thanked John Dogard, former human rights rapporteur in the occupied Palestinian territories, who reported the humanitarian suffering underwent by the Palestinian people to the international community despite pressures no to do so. Speaking ...  >>MORE

UAE participates at UN meeting on AIDS

Posted on 11/06/2008

The UAE will participate at a high-level meeting on AIDS, which will take place here on June 10th. The meeting will review progress made in implementing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. The UAE delegation will be headed by Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Minister of Health. Other Members of the delegation include Ambassador Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jerman, UAE Permanent Representative at the UN and Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, Executive Director of ...  >>MORE

Ghobash attends ILO conference in Geneva

Posted on 05/06/2008

Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash is attending the 97th session of the International Labour Conference, currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland. Over 3 000 delegates from 181 Member States are participating in the Conference, which runs from 28th May to 13th June. The conference will discuss a number of pertinent issues including the rights of employment and the world food crisis. Meanwhile, a member of the UAE business delegation to the conference, Khaleefa Matar Al Ka'abi was elected to ...  >>MORE

UN General Assembly debate on human trafficking lauds efforts of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

Posted on 04/06/2008

New York - A United Nations General Assembly debate on human trafficking has hailed the efforts of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to support the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). "Delegates to the United Nations General Assembly Debate on Human trafficking have expressed their commendations to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan for his generous donation of $ 15 ...  >>MORE

UAE urges international family to protect Palestinian civilians

Posted on 29/05/2008

The UAE called upon the international community to take the necessary measures to protect the Palestinian civilians from collective punishment and excessive violent measures taken against them by the Israeli Occupying Power. The UAE also demanded the world family to exert the necessary pressure on Israel to compel it to fully comply with its commitments as stated in the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons and their Properties in the Time of War, and lift its ...  >>MORE

UAE: Right to food a basic human right

Posted on 28/05/2008

Geneva - The United Arab Emirates has reiterated the right to food as one of the basic human rights. Addressing a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on global food crisis, Obaid Salem Al Za'abi, UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN's Headquarters in Geneva said that the current crisis had many reasons, but one was that this Council had been unable to secure the right to food on the ground for many years. The failure was linked to the fact that many countries had separated this ...  >>MORE

UAE ranks highly among peaceful nations

Posted on 25/05/2008

The UAE has ranked among the more peaceful nations in the world in a survey measuring crime rates, arms sales and human rights. The Emirates ranked 42nd out of 140 countries assessed in the Global Peace Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit – above Madagascar but below Lithuania. Iceland was rated as the most peaceful country in the world, ahead of Denmark and Norway. Iraq measured as the least peaceful, while the US, also fared poorly, coming 97th. Andrew Williamson, the ...  >>MORE

UAE Releases First Anti- Human Trafficking Report

Posted on 19/05/2008

Abu Dhabi, May 18, 2008: The UAE is committed to doing everything in its power to help stop human trafficking wherever it occurs and to aggressively interdict those who are responsible for it with the toughest possible penalties, according to the first annual report released by the UAE National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking. The annual report, ÒCombating Human Trafficking in the UAE 2007Ó released a year after the committee was formed, highlights the countryÕs stand on the crime, the ...  >>MORE

UAE joins UNESCO's ICCROM

Posted on 12/05/2008

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to join the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). This came during the regular meeting of the Ministerial Commission for Services, held here today under the chairmanship of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs. ICCRIM is an intergovernmental organisation which was established by UNESCO in Rome in 1959. It occupies a unique position in being the only ...  >>MORE

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


UN's HRC should document, monitor human rights violations in Gaza, says UAE envoy


UAE is committed to Chemical Weapons Convention


UAE voices concerns over non-delivery of its aid to Palestinians


UN Officials Praise Abu Dhabi Initiative to host Global Launch of 2009 Humanitarian Appeal


UAE to head UNESCO body


UAE gives full support to global interfaith dialogue


UAE calls for increased efforts to help poor nations hit by current food and financial crisis


UAE calls on the international community to press Israel to stop atrocities


UAE ratifies international agreement on peaceful resolution of conflict


UAE urges world donors to fund UNRWA's programmes


UAE calls for a balanced women's participation in the protection of peace and security


UAE elected to UN tropical diseases research body


UAE calls on UN media to shed light on Palestinian, developing countries' issues


UAE voices concerns over Israeli expansion into Palestinian territories, Golan Heights


UAE pledges total cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency


UAE elected to ISO council membership


UAE reiterates commitment to combating terrorism


UAE reiterates commitment to keep supporting social development


UAE's efforts to diversify national income underway


Academics: UNESCO approves UAE award in Paris


UAE calls for cooperation in strategic weapons disarmament


Abdullah bin Zayed meets UN Secretary General


UAE Foreign Minister addresses United Nation General Assembly's 63rd ordinary session


UAE FM Abdullah Bin Zayed meets EU officials, Abbas, Blair, Karzai, counterparts and leaders in New York


US, GCC, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt voice support for full exercise of navigational rights in the Strait of Hormuz


UAE urges UN to tackle obstacles hindering the war against terror


Dubai Police Chief receives UN official


UAE's efforts hailed in record heroin seizure


UN Secretary receives credentials GCC delegations' head


UN hails creation of UAE's Aid Coordination Office


Gargash receives President of UN GA


UAE Ambassador to UN office in Geneva reiterates Palestinian people's rights


UAE participates at UN meeting on AIDS


Ghobash attends ILO conference in Geneva


UN General Assembly debate on human trafficking lauds efforts of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed


UAE urges international family to protect Palestinian civilians


UAE: Right to food a basic human right


UAE ranks highly among peaceful nations


UAE Releases First Anti- Human Trafficking Report


UAE joins UNESCO's ICCROM