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UAE donates US$2.1 million for United Nation's development activities in 2013

Posted on 15/11/2012

The UAE has donated a total of US$2,194000 for the United Nation's development activities in 2013. The donation was announced at the 2012 United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities, held at the United Nation's HQ in New York. US$324000 of the UAE's donation will go to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), US$200,000.00 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), US$100,000.00 to the United Nations Children's Fund "UNICEF" and US$100,000.00 to ...  >>MORE

UAE wins Human Rights Council seat for three-year term

Posted on 13/11/2012

New York: The UAE yesterday won the membership of the UN Human Rights Council for a three-year term starting from early 2013. The UAE elected in a secret ballot conducted by the UN General Assembly in which 21 candidate countries from 18 geographical groups competed for 18 vacant seats. The UAE got 184 votes, the highest vote turnout of the total votes garnered by the four winning Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Japan, Korea and Pakistan) and the second highest votes of the total 18 winners. Dr ...  >>MORE

UNICEF pays tribute to UAE for generous support

Posted on 21/10/2012

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has credited UAE's leading role and local, regional and international initiatives regarding children's rights, well-being and welfare. Dr Ibrahim El-Ziq, UNICEF Representative to the Gulf, said the international children agency is deeply committed to its constructive partnership with the UAE and its government and non-government organisations in sustainable development and programmes for underprivileged children across the world. UNICEF, he said during ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Israeli practices in the occupied Palestinian territories

Posted on 17/10/2012

New York: The United Arab Emirates renewed yesterday before the Security Council Session, condemnation of the dangerous Israeli practices in the occupied Palestinian territories that impede regional and international efforts aimed at the resumption of peace negotiations. Ambassador Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations has urged the international community, especially the UN Security Council to assume full responsibilities, in accordance with the ...  >>MORE

United Nations hosts Pearl Initiative in New York

Posted on 01/10/2012

On 24th September 2012, the United Nations Office for Partnerships hosted the Pearl Initiative's roundtable event on Corporate Accountability, held in parallel with the UN General Assembly meetings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The high-level roundtable marked the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Pearl Initiative, the non-for-profit organisation that seeks to create a corporate culture of accountability and transparency in the Arab world. The organisation has ...  >>MORE

UAE regrets continued Iranian occupation of its islands: Abdullah tells UN

Posted on 30/09/2012

New York: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) regretted the continued Iranian occupation of its three islands, considered all actions and measures taken by the Iranian occupation authorities are null and void, and are contrary to international law and to all norms and common human values and called upon the international community to urge Iran to respond to the repeated peaceful, sincere calls of the UAE for a just settlement of this issue, either through direct, serious negotiations or by referral ...  >>MORE

UAE delivers a statement on human rights in Somalia

Posted on 30/09/2012

Geneva: Ambassador Obaid Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva has called for concerted international efforts to curb the tragedy of Somali people. Al Zaabi was addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, on the status of human rights in Somalia before the Human Rights Council. He welcomed the report of an independent expert Shams Al Bari, who focuses on the state of human rights in Somalia, noting that the expert would be ...  >>MORE

UN Secretary General selects Dubai Cares to join UN Education Initiative

Posted on 30/09/2012

Dubai Cares has been selected to join "Education First", a global initiative by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to ensure quality, relevant and transformative education for everyone. Launched yesterday at United Nations Headquarters in New York City alongside the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the five-year education initiative will rally a broad spectrum of actors to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015 and lay the ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for implementing UN recommendations on the Gaza conflict

Posted on 27/09/2012

Geneva: United Arab Emirates, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, called on all parties concerned to immediately implement the recommendations contained in the United Nations Secretary-General's report on the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict. Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, told the UN Human Rights Council, that Israel persisted with the occupation and the violations of ...  >>MORE

Abdullah keeps up talks on UN summit sidelines

Posted on 26/09/2012

New York: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, held meetings with Singaporean Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Muliana Natalegawa, Panamanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Roberto Henriquez and Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Muang Lwin on the sidelines of the 67th United Nations General Assembly session in New York. The meetings discussed areas of cooperation and ways of enhancing them in addition to exchanging views on a number of ...  >>MORE

UAE Representative to United Nations in Geneva delivers statement before Human Rights Council

Posted on 26/09/2012

Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva has delivered the UAE's statement before the Human Rights Council's session The Council held its 21st session within the framework of 7th chapter regarding the report of Secretary General on progress achieved so far in implementation of the resolutions of fact finding mission on Gaza Conflict. Al Zaabi underlined that after four years of the aggression, the Israeli ...  >>MORE

UAE, Chile sign reciprocal visa waiver MOU

Posted on 24/09/2012

New York: The Governments of the of the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Chile have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the exemption of entry visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official and special passports on reciprocal basis. The MOU was signed yesterday in New York by UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno Charme. The MOU takes into account the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations ...  >>MORE

Abdullah and UN chief discuss urgent regional issues

Posted on 23/09/2012

New York: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, met on Saturday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York where they exchanged views on urgent regional issues. They discussed the Middle East peace process, the Palestinian issue, the crisis in Syria, the Iranian nuclear issue and other issues of common concern that are on the international organisation's agenda. Sheikh Abdullah reiterated the UAE's support to the Palestinian cause which calls for ...  >>MORE

UN lauds UAE's relief aid at time of disasters

Posted on 23/09/2012

New York: United Nations Special Advisor and Assistant Secretary-General for Civilian Capacities, Sarah Cliffe, has appreciated substantial contributions the humanitarian and charitable organisations in the UAE are offering to alleviate suffering of underprivileged population at times of regional and international disasters. Cliffe said during a meeting with visiting UAE Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organisations Dr. Saeed Al Shamsi, on the fringe of the 67th regular session ...  >>MORE

UAE makes statement at UN on human right of access to safe drinking water

Posted on 16/09/2012

Geneva: UAE's Permanent Representative to UN Obaid Salem Al Zaabi issued a statement on behalf of the Arab Group at the 21st Session of the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva on the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation services. Giving his presentation as the Head of the Arab Group Al Zaabi said that water is among the essentials of life and one of the fundamentals to achieve successful social, political and economic ...  >>MORE

UAE, The Kingdom of Bhutan establish diplomatic ties

Posted on 15/09/2012

New York - The Governments of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bhutan signed a joined communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic ties at the level of ambassadors with effect from Thursday in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961. UAE was represented by Ahmed Al-Jarman Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of UAE to the United Nations, while the Kingdom of Bhutan was represented by Lhatu ...  >>MORE

UAE representative delivers Arab Group's statement on children in armed conflicts

Posted on 12/09/2012

Geneva: The international community has a great responsibility to protect children and to ensure their physical and mental safety, especially in the areas of armed conflicts, says Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. Al Zaabi made the remarks yesterday as he delivered the Arab Group's statement before the Interactive Dialogue with the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Children in Armed Conflict. He reiterated Arab Group's position on the ...  >>MORE

UAE to back Australia's bid for UN Security Council seat

Posted on 04/08/2012

The UAE will back Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council this autumn, the Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed has confirmed. The confirmation was made on Tuesday during a visit by the Australian foreign minister, Bob Carr, to the country to sign a nuclear supply deal between the two nations. "The relations between our two countries extend beyond trade and cultural ties as we have extended our political relations," said Sheikh Abdullah. Mr Carr said: "I am ...  >>MORE

UAE stresses full support to counter piracy off the Coast of Somalia

Posted on 28/07/2012

New York, July 26th, 2012 (WAM) -- The United Arab Emirates has stressed its full support to develop the capacity of Somali national forces, especially its coast guard following the end of the transitional period in August with the aim of countering piracy off the Coast of Somalia. Abdulkhaleq Bin-Dhaaer Al-Yafei, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of UAE to the United Nations announced this yesterday before the 12th Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of ...  >>MORE

UAE renews commitment to strengthening Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Posted on 01/07/2012

New York - The UAE on Friday renewed its unwavering commitment to the implementation of all four pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and called on the international community to step up efforts to strengthen the goals of the Strategy to eradicate all forms of the scourge. He said while the UAE was satisfied with the results achieved thus far in implementing the Strategy at national and regional levels, through the United Nations, it was nevertheless concerned that ...  >>MORE

UAE Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva addresses Human Rights Council

Posted on 26/06/2012

Geneva - UAE Permanent Representative to United Nations and other organisations in Geneva Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi has delivered a speech before the Human Rights Council, on the report presented Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children, and also the report of task team on the cultural rights. The UAE envoy expressed his support to the comparative method based on human rights to combat the human trafficking phenomenon, citing the UAE's efforts to ...  >>MORE

UAE stresses the important role played by ILO in promoting dialogue between parties to production

Posted on 21/06/2012

The United Arab Emirates has asserted that the role played by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in promoting dialogue between the parties to production and protecting the balance in their relationship is of prime importance. In a state intervention made at the ILO headquarters in Geneva, the Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Labour Humaid Rashid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi told the Chairman and members in the Board of Directors of the International Labour Organisation that the ...  >>MORE

UAE Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva addresses Human Rights Council

Posted on 20/06/2012

Geneva - UAE Permanent Ambassador to United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva Obaid Salem Al Zaabi has commended the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, citing her detailed report, which covered many issues. Delivering the UAE speech in inauguration of the 20th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday, Al Zaabi focused on the Freedom Flotilla incident, which had remained unresolved even after elapsed of two years. He ...  >>MORE

Ghobash hails GCC efforts in managing labour markets

Posted on 14/06/2012

Geneva - UAE Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash has lauded the resolutions of the GCC Undersecretaries of the Ministries of Labour meeting held last May within the framework of boosting the joint GCC work, exchanging expertise and integrating policies to manage the GCC labour markets in the light of their similar components and challenges. He added that the technical teams at the GCC labour ministries have reviewed about 20 best GCC initiatives being implemented by member states to streamline the ...  >>MORE

UAE continues participation in the ILO Conference

Posted on 13/06/2012

Geneva - UAE's official delegation headed by Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash continued its participation in the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference currently underway in Geneva. Today's session was addressed by Saudi Arabia's Labour Minister and Chairman of the GCC Labour Ministers' Council Adil bin Mohamed Fageeh. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Ghobash attends ILO's 101st session in Geneva

Posted on 10/06/2012

Geneva - UAE Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash attended the 101st session of International Labour Organisation (ILO) here on Friday at ILO head-office. Present were the heads of states, ministers of Labour and business and workforce representatives from 184 member states in the ILO. Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki delivered a keynote speech being a guest of honour for this session. He said Tunisia needs to benefit from the experiences of other nations, which managed to build their ...  >>MORE

UN lauds UAE's anti-human trafficking drive

Posted on 04/06/2012

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has credited the good mission of Shelters for Women and Children (EWA'A) for the best health, psychological and legal assistance and services provided to children and women victims of human trafficking. Ms. Youla Haddadin, Advisor on Trafficking, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said at a meeting with Sarah Shuhail, Chief Executive Officer of Shelters, that the UAE's anti-human trafficking efforts had earned international ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in ILO meeting in Geneva

Posted on 31/05/2012

Geneva - The UAE is participating in the 101st session of the International Labour Conference started yesterday in Geneva at ILO's headquarter. More than 4000 delegates from the ILO's 185 Member States are to attend the 101st session of the International Labour Conference which will run from 30 May to 15 June. Each Member State of the ILO is represented by a delegation consisting of two government delegates, an employer delegate, a worker delegate and their respective advisers Saqr Ghobash ...  >>MORE

UPR Working Group to review UAE Human Rights record in Feb. 2013

Posted on 23/05/2012

Geneva - Members of UAE Standing Committee for Universal Periodic Review (UPR) participated in second cycle of 13th Working Group session of Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review to be held here from 21 May to 4 June 2012. Dr. Abdul Rahim Al Awadi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs, and head of the UAE delegation, said the meeting was important as members of the committee would get insight into new mechanisms and procedures in regards to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). ...  >>MORE

WSIS 2012 recognizes UAE's outstanding achievements in getting the world connected

Posted on 19/05/2012

Geneva - The UAE was presented yesterday with the Excellence Award in recognition of implementation of projects and initiatives which further the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in improving connectivity to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Za'abi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in Geneva, received the prize from Secretary-General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Dr ...  >>MORE

UAE highlights success stories WSIS Forum 2012 Country Workshop in Geneva

Posted on 17/05/2012

The UAE delegation at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012 has the opportunity to highlight its significant achievements during the country workshop held on May 15, the second day of this prestigious international event, in Geneva. "The UAE has achieved several milestones with regard to the implementation of the WSIS action lines. Covering a spectrum of development from education to capacity building, the UAE has moved upwards in the ranks to reach its current ...  >>MORE

UAE to present its impressive ICT achievements at WSIS 2012

Posted on 14/05/2012

Geneva - The UAE will introduce its impressive achievements and progress in terms of e-government to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which will be held in Geneva from 14th to 18th May 2012. Organisers ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP say the WSIS Forum 2012 will provide structured opportunities to network, learn and to participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Za'abi, Permanent Representative of the United ...  >>MORE

UAE elected to board of UN agency

Posted on 29/04/2012

The UAE has been elected to the Executive Board of the Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women at the UN for a three-year term until December 2015. The elections were held during a session by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York. Elected from the Asian Group along with the UAE to fill five vacant seats were the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand and the Maldives. In the elections, 16 other member countries were elected to the board of the ...  >>MORE

UAE renews support for UN Security Council Resolutions on Syria

Posted on 26/04/2012

New York - The UAE on behalf of the Arab group at the United Nations has renewed its support for the UN Security Council Resolutions 2042 and 2043 of 2012 concerning to resolving the current crisis in Syria through peaceful means. Ambassador Ahmed Al-Jarman, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, and Chairman of the Arab Group in his statement on behalf of the Arab Group said that the Arab Group supports the UN Security Council Resolutions ( 2042 and 2043) ...  >>MORE

UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons briefed on Dubai's human rights protection efforts

Posted on 23/04/2012

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, was briefed by officials of Dubai's Community Development Authority (CDA) on the strategies and plans to protect the rights of children as well as on the Authority's achievements between 2010-2012. Ezeilo, at a meeting with the Director General of Director General of CDA Khalid Al-Kamda also viewed the body's projects to be launched later this year. Among these is a program of ...  >>MORE

UN official praises UAE's anti-human trafficking efforts

Posted on 20/04/2012

The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo has commended UAE's role in combating human trafficking and trans-national crimes. In a statement made at the end of her visit to the UAE, Ezeilo said the UAE was among the first countries to realize the magnitude of tragedy the victims of such crime undergo. Visiting Ewa'a Shelter for Women and Children in Sharjah, she said setting up of such centres was a "step forward" in providing ...  >>MORE

UAE, UN to deepen diplomats' culture of upholding human rights

Posted on 20/04/2012

The UAE Foreign Ministry's Department of Human Rights organised in collaboration with the UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region the consultative meeting on the training programme on diplomacy and human rights. The activity drew representatives from the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab countries. The programmme introduces Arab diplomats to the international human rights systems, mechanisms and features with the aim of raising awareness ...  >>MORE

UN expert on trafficking in persons lauds UAE's anti-human trafficking strategy

Posted on 16/04/2012

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, has commended the UAE experiment in combating trafficking in persons. She lauded the UAE as a 'model' in fighting crimes of human trafficking and hoped the UAE would further develop such preventive mechanisms to put an end to these crimes. The UN expert made her remarks during discussion yesterday with Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Assistant Undersecretary of Ministry of ...  >>MORE

UAE is safe haven for 200 refugees

Posted on 15/04/2012

More than 200 refugees are being provided with temporary protection in the UAE as they wait to be resettled in third countries, the UN refugee agency says. Most of the refugees come from Iraq and Afghanistan and entered the country legally, it says. In most cases, situations in the refugees' home country changed while they were working in the UAE, leading them to believe they or their families would be at risk if they returned. They then applied to the UNCHR for asylum and were granted ...  >>MORE

UAE welcomes Yemen's drive towards inclusive reforms

Posted on 25/03/2012

Geneva - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has welcomed efforts Yemen is currently making to attain security, stability and to build a unified state in which law and social justice prevail. Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, told the 19th regular session of the Human Rights Council (27 February - 23 March 2012) that efforts made by Republic of Yemen deserve commendation and support from ...  >>MORE

UAE representative addresses HRC session

Posted on 20/03/2012

Geneva - UAE Permanent Representative to the European Headquarters of the UN Obaid Salem Al Zaabi has expressed the country's concern over contents of a report by the Commission on Human Rights which documents violations of human rights by the occupation forces in Palestine. Addressing a panel discussion on human rights status in Palestine, held as part of the 19th regular session of the Human Rights Council, Al Zaabi said beside daily and regular violations committed by the occupation army, ...  >>MORE

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UAE donates US$2.1 million for United Nation's development activities in 2013


UAE wins Human Rights Council seat for three-year term


UNICEF pays tribute to UAE for generous support


UAE condemns Israeli practices in the occupied Palestinian territories


United Nations hosts Pearl Initiative in New York


UAE regrets continued Iranian occupation of its islands: Abdullah tells UN


UAE delivers a statement on human rights in Somalia


UN Secretary General selects Dubai Cares to join UN Education Initiative


UAE calls for implementing UN recommendations on the Gaza conflict


Abdullah keeps up talks on UN summit sidelines


UAE Representative to United Nations in Geneva delivers statement before Human Rights Council


UAE, Chile sign reciprocal visa waiver MOU


Abdullah and UN chief discuss urgent regional issues


UN lauds UAE's relief aid at time of disasters


UAE makes statement at UN on human right of access to safe drinking water


UAE, The Kingdom of Bhutan establish diplomatic ties


UAE representative delivers Arab Group's statement on children in armed conflicts


UAE to back Australia's bid for UN Security Council seat


UAE stresses full support to counter piracy off the Coast of Somalia


UAE renews commitment to strengthening Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy


UAE Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva addresses Human Rights Council


UAE stresses the important role played by ILO in promoting dialogue between parties to production


UAE Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva addresses Human Rights Council


Ghobash hails GCC efforts in managing labour markets


UAE continues participation in the ILO Conference


Ghobash attends ILO's 101st session in Geneva


UN lauds UAE's anti-human trafficking drive


UAE participates in ILO meeting in Geneva


UPR Working Group to review UAE Human Rights record in Feb. 2013


WSIS 2012 recognizes UAE's outstanding achievements in getting the world connected


UAE highlights success stories WSIS Forum 2012 Country Workshop in Geneva


UAE to present its impressive ICT achievements at WSIS 2012


UAE elected to board of UN agency


UAE renews support for UN Security Council Resolutions on Syria


UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons briefed on Dubai's human rights protection efforts


UN official praises UAE's anti-human trafficking efforts


UAE, UN to deepen diplomats' culture of upholding human rights


UN expert on trafficking in persons lauds UAE's anti-human trafficking strategy


UAE is safe haven for 200 refugees


UAE welcomes Yemen's drive towards inclusive reforms


UAE representative addresses HRC session