In a Lecture Held by the ECSSR, Lana Nusseibeh: “The UAE Is Committed to Consolidating International Cooperation and Sustainable Development.”

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized lecture No. (756) on Monday evening, August 31, 2020, titled ‘The Global Role of the UAE at the United Nations’. The lecture was delivered by Her Excellency Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations. The ECSSR broadcast the lecture on its YouTube channel and Twitter page.

Her Excellency Lana Nusseibeh confirmed that since 1971, when the UAE joined the United Nations, the country has been committed to upholding principles of multilateralism and international cooperation, particularly in the pursuit of global peace, security and sustainable development.

To ensure stability and security in the Middle East, Her Excellency pointed out that the UAE has made significant strides in addressing the emerging challenges of the twenty-first century; de-escalating conflicts, combating terrorism and extremism, and contributing to efforts toward ensuring the region is free of weapons of mass destruction. She added that the UAE is striving to promote tolerance, coexistence and interfaith dialogue, as demonstrated by the signing of the Human Fraternity Document.

The lecturer went on to discuss the UAE’s role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that health diplomacy has become the core work of UAE foreign policy, as the country has provided significant medical assistance to confront the pandemic. The UAE has partnered with the World Health Organization and World Food Programme to deliver testing kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other necessary supplies to those in need, through Dubai’s International Humanitarian City - a major hub for UN logistics.

Regarding the empowerment of Emirati women, following the recent Emirati Women’s Day celebrations, the lecturer highlighted the progress the UAE has made in this area. She added that Emirati women have become a model for gender equality regionally and globally, when many countries still exclude women from participating in politics, the economy and society.

Concluding her lecture, Her Excellency Lana Nusseibeh explained that the UAE has recently been endorsed by the Asia-Pacific Group and the Arab League for a seat on the UN Security Council. This would give the UAE a strong voice on matters of peace and security, as well as other items on the Council’s agenda relevant to Middle East issues.