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On October 2nd, 2015, UAE Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, addressed the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. During his remarks, Sheikh Abdullah discussed the UAE’s support for the United Nations, the UAE’s continued commitment to addressing regional security challenges, and reiterated the UAE’s dedicated efforts to providing humanitarian assistance to those in need.
See here for Sheikh Abdullah’s remarks as prepared, and below for key excerpts from the Foreign Minister’s remarks.
On the United Nations role to promote international security:
“Despite the progress made over the past...
In 2011, the United Arab Emirates was one of the first countries to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria. To date, the UAE has provided more than $530 million in humanitarian assistance and development aid, working with local and international partners to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.
The UAE’s efforts include significant measures to help Syrian refugees, including funding the Marajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan, which is operated by the Emirates Red Crescent Society and serves more than 4,000 Syrian refugees, as well as supporting camps across Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.
Emirates launched its 10th nonstop US route, connecting Orlando to Dubai. According to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, this new flight route is expected to generate more than $100 million in annual economic activity for the greater Orlando area. For more information, see here.
The UAE and US have the world’s fastest growing commercial aviation relationship, with UAE airlines contributing more than $3 billion in economic impact to the United States and support 100,000s of US jobs.
Aviation is just one component of the strong and dynamic UAE-US trade relationship. Learn more about why the UAE is the US' largest...
2014 was the UAE’s strongest year, with real GDP growing by 4.6%. The UAE’s impressive economic growth is being driven by its non-oil sector, which makes up 68.6% of the UAE economy. Non-oil sectors are expected to continue to grow, reaching 80% of the UAE economy by 2021.
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Officials from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, representatives from the Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA) and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF) joined local community leaders and children to celebrate the dedication of a new state-of-the-art soccer field at the Bradley Elementary School in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
For more information, please see the UAE Embassy press release and the Asbury Park Sun’s “A Field of Promise at Bradley Elementary School” news article....
The UAE recently became the first Arab country to announced its embark on space exploration. The UAE plans to send an unmanned probe, named “Hope” to Mars to study the planet’s atmosphere. The probe will be designed and built by Emirati engineers in partnership with other space agencies around the world. Coinciding with UAE's 50th anniversary, Hope will enter Mars orbit by 2021.
Watch this video for more details on the UAE’s ground-breaking mission.
At the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, US President Barack Obama announced a new bilateral initiative to counter extremist messaging. The UAE and US are creating a digital communications hub to degrade ISIL’s propaganda and recruitment efforts. This project will include comprehensive engagement with civil society, community and religious leaders in the region.
His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, also outlined a roadmap to counter and defeat violent extremism, focusing on invalidating extremist messaging and countering the extremists’ misinterpretation of Islam. His Excellency reaffirmed the UAE’s commitment to combating violent extremism in all...
In Politico, UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba says the key to long-term success in eradicating violent extremism happens off the battlefield by cutting the flow of funds to terrorist organizations, enforcing stricter sanctions and discrediting extremists' radical ideology by speaking out for moderation and tolerance.
Read Ambassador Al Otaiba's Op-Ed Here...
UAE resumed air operations against ISIL and dispatched an F-16 squadron to Jordan to support the global coalition.
To learn more about the UAE's commitment to countering violent extremism, please see here....
Harvard Kennedy School graduate students and fellows from the new Emirates Leadership Initiative visited the UAE on an environment-focused study tour to learn more about the UAE’s stewardship and role as a leader on energy and environment issues. During their trip, they participated in the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, visited Masdar City, the world’s first fully sustainable city, the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, and several other key organizations.
Read more about the Harvard Kennedy School visit to the UAE here.