12 January 2023
UN in UAE Working Together as One
Marking the UN’s 77 years of humanity, and over 51 years of strategic partnership with the UAE, “ONE UN in UAE” is a digital campaign launched to highlight the collective role of the United Nations, working together to achieve common goals in and with the UAE. The UN in the UAE is working hand in hand for a better future, with over 30 UN agencies covering the UAE. The UN in the UAE’s work spans across various areas and sectors, with all UN agencies progressing towards a better future through their collective efforts. For the past 51 years, the UN agencies in the UAE have all left their mark by providing the needed voice for cultural and educational advancements, children and women rights advocacy, as well as international reach to neighboring countries and across the globe especially during emergencies and humanitarian crises. The largest World Food Programme’s (WFP) logistics hub globally is in Dubai. Similarly, the World Health Organization (WHO) can reach all 6 regions from the UAE, with its fast response and strategic location. The work of the UN agencies in the UAE covers many fields, from humanitarian, education, biodiversity, climate action, tourism, technology and even cultural, while keeping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of their work. The video sheds light on some of the educational and cultural efforts by UNESCO and UNICEF, while achieving their national priorities. While other UN agencies such as UNFPA and UNHCR, focus their efforts on leaving no one behind. With a focus on gender equality, UN Women and World Trade Organization are also empowering more women into their portfolios and programs. Aligning with the countries sustainability efforts and environmental policies, the preservation of native species such as the dugongs and integrating technologies in agriculture for food security are important to the work of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Recognizing the power of partnerships, the UN Global Compact convenes the private sector to deliver on their sustainability business targets through the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with over 17,000 companies across 165 countries and with a local network in UAE. Similarly, the work of the United Nations cannot be achieved without the help of its motivated and committed young volunteers, which is how the UN Volunteers extends its support to the UN system, making sure to integrate young talents with the collective work of the UN whenever needed. The work of the UN agencies in the UAE is carried out with dedication and passion towards helping the world become a better place. To know more about the UN agencies, work and progress in the UAE, watch the video series and hear directly from UN staff members who share about their work and experiences here.