UAE and The Millennium Development Goals

UAE Indicators


MDG Report 2011 launched


The UAE Ministry of Economy in partnership with UNDP UAE prepared the Second UAE MDG report which was launched in April 2007. The report highlights UAE’s overall progress on the economic and social fronts in the past two decades and concludes that is on target to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. However, it also highlights areas that call for concerted national effort to meet fully the MDGs and its targets in 2015. These are:

• The goal of reducing child mortality ratio to two thirds of what it was in 1990 presents the government with a challenge; high rates are required from now on if the desired targets (MDG 4) are to be achieved;

• The main challenge in relation to maternal health is the pursuit to maintain the record rates and proportions registered in previous years (MDG 5). Maternal services have to be developed and extended systematically to meet the growing needs resulting from normal population growth.

• It is known that there are some issues in the United Arab Emirates that represent a challenge with respect to development (MDG 1 and 3). The following are most important issues that require adopting specific policies and developing relevant strategies:

1. Diversification of income sources;
2. Activation of the role of the private sector;
3. Human resource development and technology transfer;
4. Activation of efforts to empower women.







Thursday, september 23,2010, Abdullah bin Zayed holds talks at the sidelines of MDGs Summit

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has continued holding a series of talks here yesterday at the sideline of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with his counterparts who are participating in the meetings.
Sheikh Abdullah met with Yu Myung-hwan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of South Korea and discussed bilateral relations and ways of boosting them in addition to discussing the stances of their countries in relevant issues of common concern.
Moreover, Sheikh Abdullah also met with Skender Hyseni, the Foreign Minister of the Kosovo. During the meeting, they discussed the situation in the province and developments relating to the issue of its independence. They also discussed the possibility of establishment future diplomatic relations between the two countries and ways to develop these relations in different fields.
Sheikh Abdullah also held a bilateral meeting with Madicke Niang, Senegal's Foreign Minister during which they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of developing them as the Senegalese Minister expressed his wish to pay an official visit soon for the UAE to enhance these relations.
His Highness also met with Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action. They discussed views in relation to the international efforts to contain the negative consequences of climate change and natural disasters witnessed by many areas in recent years.>>MORE

Wednesday, september 22,2010UAE will do its best to support MDGs: says UAE Minister

The UAE has supported Millennium Declaration (MDG) based on its firm conviction that the implementation of the MDG is a main factor in the maintenance of peace, security and prosperity in the world, said UAE State Minister Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi, here yesterday at the high level plenary meeting of the General assembly, on assessment of the Millennium Summit. >>MORE

Wednesday, september 22,2010UN Secretary General's representative hails UAE leadership

The United Nations's Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Elissar Sarrouh has praised President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, over UAE government's meeting of the humanitarian and charity pledges.
Speaking at a press conference held in Abu Dhabi yesterday at Intercontinental Hotel, on convening the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in New York City, she told Emirates News Agency (WAM) that the UAE has fulfilled its commitments and provided so much in the humanitarian and charity works at the local level and in many developing countries.
"We still expect much from the UAE leadership in support of the UNDP to achieve the expected goals worldwide", Saroah said, adding that the UN motivates donor countries to put in more human resources and funds to support the development programmes of under developed countries

sunday, september 19,2010UAE to take part at UN summit on assessment of millennium development goals

The UAE will participate here on Monday in the three-day long United Nations' summit to review the poverty-reducing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) endorsed by UN in 2000.
On this occasion, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon launched recently a report prepared by an independent panel set up in 2007 to assess shortcoming of international community on fulfillment of the developmental humanitarian goals.
He called on world leaders yesterday to reiterate their pledges of world partnership to boost development and tackle current economic problems. He attributed the economic crunch to be behind failure of advanced countries to meet their development pledges they made to help underdeveloped countries.
The UN Secretary General underlined that the world has to raise US$20 billion for humanitarian aid this year. "The world could still meet the MDGs by 2015. About 140 heads of States and government will take part in the event

Thursday,July 8,2010Princess Haya invites 'Citizen Ambassadors' to film anti-poverty goals in action

UN Messenger of Peace HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday launched a video, in collaboration with the United Nations, inviting people from around the world, particularly youth, to tell leaders what the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mean to them by uploading short films on the UN YouTube channel.
‘We're asking you to create a video telling us what you think about the Millennium Development Goals," says Princess Haya. ‘If ever there was a time, this is it.' Starting today and until 23 August, people will be able to upload short videos answering questions such as "What is your community, city or country doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals?" or "How can the international community better work together to achieve the Millennium Development Goals?" The six winners will be announced during the high-level MDG summit in New York hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September, and will meet with him on UN Day 2010 on 24 October.
The Millennium Development Goals are eight international development goals that all 192 UN member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. They include reducing extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development. The ‘Citizen Ambassadors' campaign is part of a UN initiative to utilize the Internet and social media "to engage a new generation of world citizens in the importance of international diplomacy


Progress by Goal

Current status in accordance with national Government reporting:


Very likely to be achieved, on track

Possible to achieve if some changes are made

Off track

Insufficient information


MDG goal already achieved

Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

MDG goal already achieved

Achieve Universal Primary Education

MDG goal already achieved

Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

MDG goal already achieved

Reduce Child Mortality

MDG goal already achieved

Improve Maternal Health

MDG goal already achieved

Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

MDG goal already achieved

Ensure Environmental Sustainability

Insufficient information for MDG goal

Develop a Global Partnership for Development


Overview of Progress towards Achieving the MDGs


Achieving the Goals
Status of supportive environment
Lack of data
Weak but improving
Preserving and raising the standard of living  

Achieving universal primary education









Promoting gender equality and empowering Women









Reducing child mortality









Improving maternal health









Eradicating HIV/AID, Malaria and other infectious disease









Ensuring environmental sustainability









Developing a global partnership for development









*Estimated according to the previous experience of the relative institutions