International coalition of 53 NGOs praises UAE's leadership on human rights on eve of UN review

On the eve of UN review, the UAE has much to be proud of in terms of an increasingly impressive portfolio of human rights achievements setting the standard at ahigh level in a tough neighbourhood
BRUSSELS - May 2, 2023 - PRLog -- According to a report produced by a coalition of 53 NGOs concerned with monitoring human rights conditions, the UAE has made significant progress in promoting and protecting human rights in recent years, and that these advances have significant implications for the wider Middle East region.

A symposium was also held in Geneva attended by experts in the field of human rights and representatives from various countries. Eight international experts in the field of human rights spoke at the symposium, considering many aspects of the leadership achieved by the UAE, particularly in the fields of civil, political and economic rights, protecting the climate, achieving peace, promoting tolerance and human coexistence, education and training, and the challenges the UAE faces to enhance its position as a global leader in promoting a more just and equitable society.

The coalition participated furthermore in the 52nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by presenting a series of written statements to the Human Rights Council, including reviewing the UAE's impressive achievements in achieving climate justice and central role in hosting the COP28 Climate Change conference ( in November/December 2023. The UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative is a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, making the Emirates the first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nation to do so.

Other statements praised the UAE's developments in the field of strengthening national strategies for human rights and policies for spreading tolerance and combating discrimination and racism.

Seven oral statements were also made by coalition members during the general debate, including highlighting and endorsing the UAE's successful efforts in combating extremism and global terrorism. The significant efforts and leadership of the UAE in promoting women's rights and global leadership were also lauded, especially the work of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the Supreme Council for Women, who has pioneered the empowerment of women in the country.

The final statement paid tribute to the global impact of the President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, in furthering peace, promoting tolerance and human coexistence, developing greater capacity for human fraternity.

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