In September 2020, the United Arab Emirates stepped forward to announce its campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The exciting news was revealed at the UN General Assembly in New York by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
During the event, the Foreign Minister released the following statement: “Mr. President, Our faith in the role of the United Nations and its organs, especially the UN Security Council, in maintaining international peace and security is unwavering. We expect the United Nations to play an effective and vital role in addressing and resolving conflicts and strengthening states’ fortitude through a framework that ensures respect for the national sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs. Our region, which suffers from serious crises and conflicts, urgently needs a more effective method to confront these crises and disputes based on deep rooted solutions backed by the international community.”
In celebration of this milestone, UAE Ambassador to the UN Lana Nusseibeh, pledged:
“During the two years that we serve on the Council, our team here in New York, in Abu Dhabi, and across the globe will seek to work constructively with fellow Member States to overcome divides and make demonstrable progress in addressing the most critical challenges of our time. From building resilience to climate change, to tackling global health crises and pandemics, to harnessing the potential of innovation for peace, the UAE is committed to approaching its work on the Council with the spirit of collaboration and partnership. I also congratulate Albania, Brazil, Gabon, and Ghana on their successful election to the Security Council today and look forward to working together to build a more peaceful, secure, and inclusive future for all.”