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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

UAE donates $30m to UN agencies

The announcement was made during a meeting between Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in New York

The UAE is to make two donations of $15 million to the United Nations - one to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and another will be allocated to support UN Women over the next three years.

The announcement was made during a meeting between Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The pair discussed joint cooperation between the UAE and the UN, its agencies and various institutions, as well as means of boosting relations and cooperation in various fields, especially development, humanitarian aid and relief, according to state news agency Wam.

Sheikh Abdullah and Mr Guterres also discussed regional issues of common concern, particularly the situations in Yemen and Libya, as well as the latest developments in relation to Palestine and efforts to revive the peace process.

Sheikh Abdullah reiterated the UAE's desire to work with the UN on regional security and humanitarian challenges, especially those facing the Gulf and Arab region in particular.

Mr Guterres expressed his thanks to the UAE leadership, government and people for their generous support to UN programmes, activities and funds as well as for its positive political and humanitarian role in support of efforts to address many pressing issues in the region and elsewhere.

Also present during the meeting were Dr Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, the UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

At the UN General Assembly, the UAE expressed its appreciation for the UNRWA's work, which it said is important in supporting Palestinians, and also commended the UN Women's role in supporting women's issues.