United Arab Emirates

Joined UNESCO: 20/04/1972

Head of State and/or Government

President of the United Arab Emirates: His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed AL NAHYAN
Vice-President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister, Ruler of Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rached Al Maktoum

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Mr Abdullah Alneaimi
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate (14/08/2009)

Permanent Delegation of the United Arab Emirates to UNESCO
Maison de l'UNESCO Bur. MS1.48 à MS1.54 1, rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15

National Commission for UNESCO

President: H.E. Ms Noora Al Kaabi

Secretary-General: Mme Amal Al Koos

United Arab Emirates National Commission for UNESCO
Ministry of Education P.O. Box 295 Abudhabi United Arab Emirates
(971.4)263 80 94 / (971.2) 408 97 02 (Pt); (971.2)408 98 60 (Ms Asia Salem Almenhali); (971.2) 408 98 58 (Ms Masr S. Al Ameri); (971.2) 408 98 59 (Mr Mohamed Hasan Al Haddad, Secretary); (971.2) 408 99 99 (Operator, MoE)
(971.4)263 80 26 (Pt) (971.2) 408 99 09 (Mr. Masr S. Al Ameri);

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Representation in the Executive Board

The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Title Name Years Sessions
MemberMr Saeed Abdullah Salman1980-1985111-122

Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference

International Coordinating Council of the Programme on Man and the Biosphere
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)
Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)
Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication
Member (Term expires : 40th General Conference)

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Councils of UNESCO's Institutes and Centres

Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
Chairperson : Dr. Mansoor Al Awar

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

37 session of the General Conference

M. Al Nahyan (Ministre de la culture, de la jeunesse et du développement communautaire des Émirats Arabes Unis) - Message on behalf of the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

37 session of the General Conference

His Excellency, Mr Humaid Mohammed Al Qutami Minister of Education and Training of the United Arab Emirates

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Humaid Mohamed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Humaid Mohamed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education

“The United Arab Emirates accords priority to education in the projects contained in its plans for sustainable development and has made not inconsiderable progress in forming citizens who are aware, educated and open to other civilizations, without denying their identity and roots. We gave prime importance to quality of education in the enlightenment and education workshop. As we see it, quality is coordinated on the basis of a number of integrated and interlocking fundamental assumptions, no one of which is more important than another, and includes the educational triangle of pupil, family and teacher. (…) The Emirate of Sharjah hosts the Regional Centre for Educational Planning, a pioneering experiment to close the gaps between educational programmes, make changes more in line with established facts and move beyond methodologies which are no longer feasible. We are proud of the level which our higher education has reached, particularly as the UAE encourages the private sector to invest in education and has invited well-known foreign universities, such as the ancient French university of the Sorbonne to establish a presence. It has also incorporated dozens of private colleges and institutes. Furthermore, the encouragement and stimulation of education has been vigorous and effective, as exemplified by the UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education and the UNESCO-Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.”
“(…) We know that the environmental sciences, in all their aspects, are a fundamental part of UNESCO’s programmes, aimed at deriving alternative sources of energy from the wind and sun. The UAE has launched the environmentally clean “Masdar” project which, thanks to complex technical systems, is the first zero-pollution, zero-carbon and zero-waste eco-city in the world.”
“The UAE is a model State in respect of the rejection of racism, racial discrimination, fanaticism and hatred, with its territory playing host to more than 200 nationalities from around the world (…). There is no doubt that the hosting by the UAE of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage indicates support for UNESCO’s mission and strengthens its global role in the area of culture. (…) We also affirm the need to safeguard and protect the city of Jerusalem, inscribed in the World Heritage List (…).”

34 session of the General Conference

H.E. Dr Hanif Hassan Ali, Minister of National Education

The United Arab Emirates fully supports the 2008-2013 Midterm Strategy.
The United Arab Emirates aims at focusing on gender issues and women empowering. The country is also interested in developing an integrating technology for a sustainable and advanced future.
The country is pleased to see the results of successful international cooperation in the field of education, science and culture. UNESCO’s strategy and efforts in its aims of achieving peace and tolerance amongst nations should be thoroughly supported.
The country notes the importance of continuing helping Africa in its programs to fight poverty, develop national capacity building, support science and technology advancements. Special attention should be given to countries suffering from natural disasters and wars.
The United Arab Emirates hopes that the 2008-2009 Budget will meet its objectives. UNESCO has to aim a results-oriented administration and transparency of activities.
The country is pleased to note that the education in the United Arab Emirates is now free from gender discrimination and more efforts have been made to improve educational standards. The United Arab Emirates has also established several prizes to encourage innovation in education and award pioneers in the area.
Arab countries are now facing a challenge in the area of human development. It is important to continue international cooperation and support, especially on the subjects such as desertification, water management and climate changes.
The city of Abu Dhabi has signed agreements with several museums to strengthen cultural communication among civilizations and promote preservation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
The country renews inviting Palestine to become a member of UNESCO and supports activities related to highlighting Palestinian culture and education, as well as protecting the endangered cultural heritage of Palestine.