The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) leads the nation’s international development cooperation agenda. The UAE Foreign Assistance Policy for 2017 – 2021 provides the strategic direction of the UAE’s support to developing countries in their quest to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, strengthening universal peace, empowering women and protecting girls, improving infrastructure and transportation, and government effectiveness, as outlined in the 17 SDGs.
Policies and Initiatives
- More than 90% of the funding for projects within SDGs 8 and 17 was allocated to augment government budgets in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) giving flexibility to governments to allocate funds according to their plans and priorities
- UAE provided AED 1.7 billion (USD 460 million) to International Organizations for multilateral funding that covered social, economic and environmental programs
- UAE provided AED 1.8 billion (USD 490 million) to International NGOs, national NGOs and civil society
- institutions across 130 countries
- To support SDG 17 and its target 17.3 ‘Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources’, MOFAIC setup a solutions-driven dialogue with key actors from the UAE-based private sector and development community to mobilize resources for women empowerment
- In collaboration with the UN, the World Bank and the UN Foundation, the UAE organized the SDGs in Action workshop at the 2016 and 2017 World Government Summit (UAE), which brought together stakeholders from around the world to discuss key challenges and initiatives to support SDG 17 and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development
- Lack of awareness, which the ministry is working on through increasing UAE Donors’ knowledge of and commitment to the 2030 Agenda in order to achieve the SDGs globally and improve the process of effective coordination.