Her Excellency Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy delivers UAE speech at General Debate of UN General Assembly

Her Excellency Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, delivered the UAE speech during the General Debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.


In her remarks, Her Excellency reviewed the UAE’s priorities and vision, stating: “We are on the cusp of a new phase in the international order. In the UAE, we are determined for this phase to be guided by “peace, recovery, and prosperity” as part of a global order based on solid international relations. Through these ties, we can explore new paths for joint cooperation in the fields of economy, sustainable development, advanced technology, and research.”


Her Excellency added, “This is the approach that my country is pursuing while implementing its foreign policy—an approach that governs our bilateral relations and our participation in international multilateral fora,” stressing that the UAE believes that finding solutions to pressing global challenges and achieving international peace and security requires prioritizing diplomatic solutions, dialogue, and de-escalation to reduce tensions and prevent new conflicts.


In this regard, Her Excellency stated: “Recent years have underscored the need to respect international law, especially the Charter of the United Nations, so that it can be applied consistently and without double or selective standards. This is a prerequisite in ensuring a stable and secure international order based on respect for the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of all countries.”


Her Excellency added: “Here, we are looking forward to advancing political endeavors in our region and overcoming obstacles on the path to peace. However, this should be accompanied by efforts to strengthen international rejection of interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries. This meddling in Arab affairs undermines all efforts aimed at resolving conflicts and drives extremism and terrorism in a blatant violation of the sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of the region’s countries.”


“It is not possible to discuss a secure and stable world order in the absence of a firm international position that rejects terrorism in all its forms. We must work towards a world order that is committed to holding the perpetrators and financiers of terrorism accountable. Recently, we have witnessed a rise in the flow of weapons to conflict regions and in the number of individuals of different ethnic backgrounds embracing terrorism,” Her Excellency stated.


“This is coupled with the emergence of terror groups with high combat and military capabilities and the return of fighters to their homeland without efficient mechanisms to control them. This situation further escalates when terrorists use missiles and drones to launch cross-border attacks, reflecting the evolving nature of terrorism,” she continued.


Regarding climate change, its impact, and link to the current food security crisis, Her Excellency stated: “The fate of our planet is at stake, compelling us to build partnerships and promote joint action while bolstering our commitment to supporting climate action by promoting renewable energy, proper financing, and assisting developing countries in enhancing resilience.”


Her Excellency also underscored that investing in renewable energy means investing in economic resources, international peace and security, and the future of coming generations.


Her Excellency noted: “The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the UNFCCC, which will be held in the Arab Republic of Egypt in November, is a prime opportunity in this regard. As we urge all Member States to actively participate in this session, the UAE is preparing to host COP28 next year. We are working to build partnerships, ensure inclusiveness, and focus on areas that will achieve meaningful outcomes.”


Her Excellency concluded by emphasizing the importance of anticipating future to ensure stability and prosperity.


“The UAE is building a diversified knowledge-based economy guided by scientific and technological progress that allows peaceful and secure, stable communities to thrive. Now that two years have passed since the signing of the Abraham Accords, as well as other initiatives launched this year to enhance regional cooperation, development, and economic growth, we are witnessing notable progress in the Middle East that forms the basis of joint cooperation to address global challenges.”


Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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