MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRWOMAN
The Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) are a set of
milestones for global development. They represent a rare
consensus, a shared global vision, for a brighter future for all. The
goals help us aspire to make a difference, as countries, as a global
community and even as individuals. They encourage us to ensure
that no voice remains unheard and that no desire to lead a fulfilling
life or make the world a better place is ignored.
The United Arab Emirates has long been at the forefront of
sustainable development. It is a concept that has been at the heart
of the UAE’s development agenda for many years and is a theme
that runs through
for the Federal Government and
the development plans of the local Emirates. This foresight enabled
the country to be an advocate for and an active participant in the
formulation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and
an early adopter of the Sustainable Development Goals that the
global community ratified at the United Nations in September
Now, the time has come to take action on SDGs and to ensure that
the global communitymoves rapidly from ideas to implementation,
from planning to execution, and from debating and deliberating
to using our inventive, entrepreneurial and creative capacities to
accelerate towards a brighter future. In the UAE, a lot of important
work has already begun. This publication details only some of
the many initiatives that Ministries and government entities have
undertaken in recent years to promote sustainable development
both domestically and internationally.
Earlier this year, UAE’s Cabinet issued a decree establishing the
National Committee on SDGs whose first priorities are to develop
a national implementation plan that aligns the SDGs with the
UAE’s development agenda, to establish a mechanism for review
and follow up and to lead a countrywide engagement effort with a
range of stakeholders.
At the World Government Summit in Dubai, for two consecutive
years, the UAE in partnership with the United Nations has
organized SDGs in Action, a unique global platform for discussions
focused on implementation of SDGs. Furthermore, to highlight the
importance of data and evidence-based policy in accomplishing
the SDGs, the UAE will host the UNWorld Data Forum in 2018.
The SDGs are a global agenda for development and to achieve
them, countries must assist one another, work in partnership with
a range of stakeholders, and most importantly, collaborate to give
hope for a better future to countries and communities, where pain,
suffering and anguish prevails. Therefore assisting other countries in
achieving the SDGs will remain a centerpiece of the UAE’s efforts.
The UAE is one of the most generous donors of development
aid and humanitarian assistance and it will remain committed
to collaborating with countries across the world to enable their
This first official publication on SDGs highlights the UAE’s recent
efforts in progressing the 2030 Agenda. It aims to build awareness
to ensure that stakeholders across government and other
segments of society are on the same page and well informed to
begin contributing to the implementation of the SDGs in the UAE.
I look forward to the prospect of SDGs serving as a guiding path for
global development to ensure a brighter future for all.
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY, LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES