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UAE contributes to the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly

The UAE traditionally makes a donation to the office of each incoming president of the general assembly, as a sign of the country's support during the UNGA session.

Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, The UAE ambassador to the United Nations with Miroslav Lajcak,incoming President of the72nd session of the UN General Assemblyon September 14, 2017
Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, The UAE ambassador to the United Nations with Miroslav Lajcak,incoming President of the72nd session of the UN General Assemblyon September 14, 2017

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The UAE has made a US$300,000 donation to the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly. It was presented by the UAE's Un ambassador Lana Nusseibeh,  to the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajca.

The UAE traditionally makes a donation to the office of each incoming president of the general assembly, as a sign of the country's support during the UNGA session.

"In the UAE, we believe that multilateral diplomacy plays a critical role in addressing the multiple challenges the world is facing, and the General Assembly is a key forum for progress," said Ms Nusseibeh. "Our contribution to the Office of the President of the General Assembly is a representation of our commitment to the UN, and our dedication to driving multilateral solutions to global issues." 

During the opening meeting of the 72nd session, Mr Lajcak, in his first address as UNGA president said he would focus on quality and transparency in his work, and highlighted the importance of the upcoming negotiations on the Global Compact on Safely, Orderly, and Regular Migration. Mr Lajcak noted that one of the items on the current session’s agenda is UN reforms, and expressed the importance of revitalising the organisation to better meet the needs of member states.

The UAE has been actively involved in improving how the general assembly works. Recently, Ambassador Nusseibeh steered negotiations of the Ad Hoc Working Group dedicated to revitalising the work of the General Assembly, alongside her co-chair Vladimir Drobnjak, the Croatian ambassador to the UN. 

This resulted in the adoption of a general assembly resolution calling for increased transparency in the election for the post of president of the general assembly.