United Arab Emirates MDGs Report
The “Millennium Development Goals” reflect the essential aspirations of people for a better life through a selected series of measurable, time-bound goals. Over the period from 1990 to 2015, countries agreed to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce under-five child mortality rate to two thirds, reduce maternal mortality rate to three quarters, combat HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, ensure environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development. For the United Nations and the international community, the Millennium Declaration in the year 2000 is a historic moment. Since its adoption, the Declaration succeeded in urging and encouraging governments along with the private sector and the international community to reach a single target: achieving the MDGs. As we approach the year 2015, we see that 1.4 billion people are still below poverty line, 72 million children have not been enrolled in schools, and approximately 500,000 women die from maternal health reasons; in addition to the rapid climate change which affects life in general.
Therefore, the commitment to MDGs is still the strategic option, which requires the international community’s collaboration in utilizing the available resources, knowledge and success stories that have been accumulated over decades. The UAE government has demonstrated its firm commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, which was enshrined in its leadership vision 2020 and the country’s successive strategies that focus on the country’s policies and aspirations in line with the essence of the MDGs. Despite the geographic divergence in development levels, the State has achieved a very high level of economic growth that reached 4.7% in 2010; the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased from UAE AED 68,000 in 1990 to UAE AED 132,300; and the unemployment rate dropped to 3.0% in 2009 to be the lowest in the region and the world. Meanwhile, the children education rate reached 98.3%, and we hope it scores 100% for the first and second cycles by 2015.
The statistics in 2011-2012 show that the State has advanced in great strides towards maternal and child health, and has been distinguished for its initiatives to achieve a sustainable environment. The UAE has also played an active role in international cooperation, with a sharp focus on assisting the poor and underdeveloped countries.
The 2011-2012 MDGs report provides documented information of the real progress in the UAE and the aspirations that the State seeks to achieve, taking into consideration further emphasis on woman participation in economic activities and the labor market. It should be noted that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has been and continues to be committed to provide the State with technical counseling and full support to achieve the MDGs, as well as the attainment of a balanced development in various geographic regions as an affirmation of the UNDP belief that achieving sustainable development and the MDGs’ essence can be optimally realized only when it is comprehensive and balanced. UNDP would like to congratulate the UAE for its regional and international excellence in persistently seeking to achieve the MDGs.