What the UAE can bring to the UN Security Council
According to Article 24 of the Charter of the United Nations, all members of the organization confer on the Security Council “the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security”. In a global forum whose central mission is to promote conflict diplomacy, the council argues arguably its most important responsibility.
On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected the United Arab Emirates to serve on the Security Council for a term from 2022 to 2023. Speaking ahead of the vote, the country’s ambassador to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh, said the UAE would use its mandate to push for a broad multilateral response to address global challenges, as well as diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions in the Middle East.
The United Arab Emirates joins four other elected countries, Albania, Brazil, Ghana and Gabon. All bars in Albania have already served on the board, with the United Arab Emirates having held one seat between 1986 and 1987. At that time, as today, the world was on the cusp of a great geopolitical change. In 1986, the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident reverberated around the world. In the same year, alongside our time, the first cases of mad cow disease were recorded in the UK, sparking a global conversation about the threat posed by animal diseases.
Memories of those turbulent times provide a new generation of Emirati diplomats with history lessons. They will need it. Today’s challenges are arguably the greatest the world has faced in decades. Finding global solutions to global problems will not be easy.
Finding global solutions to global problems is not going to be easy
Post-pandemic reconstruction will be a central topic in international forums for the foreseeable future. New members of the Security Council have the opportunity to set the tone for how bodies like the United Nations frame the issue. For its part, the UAE has said it will focus on certain key topics, two of which are closely related to the recovery from Covid-19.
A number of countries are already committed to rebuilding in a way that creates a more environmentally friendly world. US President Joe Biden’s “Green New Deal” should prioritize economic initiatives that respect the environment. Its central slogan is “Building Back Better”, a goal reiterated recently at the G7 summit in the United Kingdom. In an interview with The NationalMs. Nusseibeh echoed those calls, joining the multitude of nations who see the difficult task of rebuilding an opportunity to create a more sustainable global economy.
Promoting women’s rights is another priority for Ms. Nusseibeh’s team, an issue that has worsened during the pandemic. The participation of women in the labor market, as well as the disproportionate burden of caring for families within families, has hampered progress towards gender parity. In addition, the UN estimates that in the past year, nearly 250 million women aged 15 to 49 have experienced some form of intimate partner violence. The UAE’s role in ending this global tragedy will be led by a team of Emirati diplomats, more than half of whom are women.
The country can also lend a helping hand to redress the dynamic between the increasingly stranded permanent members of the council. Throughout its history, the Permanent Five (P5) have historically had the greatest influence over decisions, diluting the contribution of elected officials. But diplomatic efforts to correct the stalemate among the P5s could strengthen the influence of newly chosen nations this year.
Whatever the future term, an early certainty is that the United Arab Emirates, Albania, Brazil, Gabon and Ghana sit in one of the most important diplomatic corps, at the time of one of the most important moments. most important of the United Nations. This is a historic privilege and responsibility that will shape UAE diplomacy for decades to come. In turn, the UAE’s experience in combating Covid-19 and shaping forward-looking policies, as well as their diplomatic influence in the region and beyond, will bring great value to the council.