Abu Dhabi / WAM
The UAE has created, through its support for relevant United Nations agencies and organisations, a unique model of serving the UN’s goals and its efforts to promote diplomatic action, through specialist Emirati agencies and organisations.
During its participation in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, the UAE confirmed its support for UN and highlighted their cooperation, especially in maintaining international security and stability and promoting tolerance, dialogue between communities.
Since joining the UN on December 9, 1971, the UAE has keenly supported the organisation’s activities, in light of its belief in the importance of promoting the UN Charter and international laws, and in the role of the UN in improving international relations and achieving sustainable development.
UAE is a member of specialist UN organisations, such as World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
On December 7, 2017, the UAE obtained membership to three UNESCO committees, due to its role in developing the working mechanisms of the international organisation and its committees.
The UAE has also signed cooperation agreements with over 28 UN international organisations and has hosted many UN regional offices, such as those of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR.
The UAE also provides free office space and financial contributions to UN agencies and non-governmental organisations in the World Humanitarian City in Dubai, and has successfully cooperated with the UN and supported many UN agencies in 2018, including by providing AED1.84 billion, or $500 million, to assist the UN’s humanitarian response plan for Yemen during the same year.
The UAE also donated, in 2018, an addition $50 million to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
In September 2017, the UAE announced its plan to provide two financial aid packages to the UN, with the first for the UNRWA amounting to $15 million while the second for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, is worth $15 million over three years.
The UAE also provided $8.324 million to support the funds and programme of the UNDP in 2016.