The UAE's commitment
The UAE has set and continuously develops its legislations and policies to cater to immediate needs for a sustainable socio-economic and environmental development. It also welcomes discussions and collaborations with other governments and regional and international organisations that share the same vision of enhancing the cause of sustainability. Towards this end, the UAE has participated and concluded a wide scope of treaties and conventions that aim to achieve these initiatives. They are:
Policies on humanitarian work
The UAE's aid has only humanitarian objectives. It is neither governed by politics nor is not limited by geography, race, colour or religion of the beneficiary. This policy was laid down by the founder President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who stressed that foreign aid and assistance is one of the basic pillars of the UAE's foreign policy.
When formulating its approach to providing foreign aid, the UAE has adopted the idea of sustainable development and improving the welfare of all mankind.
In order to consolidate the impact of its foreign aid, the UAE Cabinet formed the UAE Humanitarian Committee, which aims to channelise and combine the collective expertise of the UAE's humanitarian responders in order to facilitate, oversee and coordinate the country's humanitarian aid.
The UAE's contributions to the world
Africa was the continent to receive the largest portion of the UAE's foreign aid in 2014; AED 14.68 billion (USD 4 billion). Aids reached the following countries: Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Algeria, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Niger, Mauritania and Ghana.
Asia was the continent to receive the second largest allocation of the UAE's foreign aid in 2014; it received AED 5.12 billion (USD 1.39 billion). Aids reached the following countries: Jordan, Palestine, Yemen, Syria Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
For more details, read more about humanitarian aid to foreign countries.
Charity in figures
According to the UAE Interact website, between 1971 and 2014, government and non-government organisations in the UAE contributed AED 173 billion in foreign aid to 178 countries across the world.
AED 129 billion emanated from government institutions, AED 30.5 billion came from the Abu Dhabi Development Fund, 5.7 billion came from Emirates Red Crescent and AED 2.9 billion came from Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.
The UAE is a party to the following international human rights treaties:
In addition, the UAE is party to:
The UAE is a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Read about the UAE and the UN human rights' treaty bodies.
Anti-Hatred, terrorism laws
Anti-Human trafficking laws
Federal Law No. 15 of 1993 Regulating the Transfer and Transplant of Human Organs aims to achieve the following:
- Control the process of preserving and transplanting human organs, tissues and cells
- Prevent trafficking human organs, tissues and cells
- Protect the rights of donors and recipients of human organs, tissues and cells.
Bylaw - on Federal Law No. 18 of 2009
The UAE introduced a bylaw in 2011 which is a regulation on Federal Law No. 18 of 2009. The bylaw modified the process of registration of births and deaths. This has been specifically developed so that parents can strictly confirm to birth and death registrations of children, which would help check human trafficking.
On Climate change
The UAE collaborates with the relevant international agencies and bodies namely United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, International Renewable Energy Agency, G20 , G77 and relevant NGOs.
The UAE is a contributor to the following agencies:
Read more about the sustainable development goal Partnerships for the goals.
Updated on 31 Dec 2019