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UAE Delegates Engaging in Women’s Empowerment Issues at the UN
17 October 2013 / 03:34

The United Arab Emirates’ delegates to the United Nations engaged in meetings and events of the Third Committee this week as the 68th Session of the General Assembly continued in New York. The Third Committee considers social, humanitarian and human rights issues.

On Friday, October 11, UAE delegate Ms. Taif Mohammad Al Amiri delivered a statement on the advancement of women, highlighting the UAE’s leadership role on gender equality and women’s empowerment and its renewed commitment to improving the status of women in the region and around the world. Her statement reflected the UAE’s dedication to providing a social, economic and political environment that empowers women and the country’s achievements in the advancement of women in the fields of education, maternal health and economic and political empowerment. Ms. Al Amiri renewed the UAE’s commitment to combating all forms of violence against women, emphasizing its strong support at the international level for the global initiative to prevent sexual violence in conflict and its UK £1 million contribution to build capacity and respond to sexual violence in Somalia through an initiative with the UK.

Earlier in the week, the UAE addressed the Third Committee on the agenda item of crime prevention and criminal justice. UAE delegate Ms. Alia Obaid Al Dhaheri renewed the UAE’s commitments to fighting transnational organized crime and to implementing all international conventions to which it has acceded on this matter. She emphasized the UAE’s continued close cooperation with states and international organizations to effectively combat transnational threats to security, development and stability in the region and around the globe, which include terrorism, trafficking in illicit weapons and drugs, money laundering, human trafficking, cybercrimes and maritime piracy. Ms. Al Dhaheri highlighted in particular the UAE’s important achievements in the field of counterterrorism, emphasizing its leadership in hosting the Hedayah Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, which aims to Dhabi to build capacity, promote dialogue and share best practices to counter violent extremism.

Also this week, the UAE Permanent Mission to the United Nations participated in a Third Committee side event held in conjunction with the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 titled, “Disaster Resilience and Disability: Ensuring Equality and Inclusion.” Making an intervention during the event, UAE delegate Ms. Ghasaq Yousif Shaheen stated that the UAE places special emphasis on inclusion in its disaster preparedness efforts and highlighted the UAE’s commitment to empowering women and children in situations of crisis and emergency. This commitment is exemplified by the recent initiative, “Be Ready,” which aims to develop skills and build awareness of emergency, crisis and disaster management; and provides specialized early childhood programs for children living in areas of emergency and crisis.

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