Eight Goals for 2015

UNDP’s Leadership on the MDGs in Country

Extreme Poverty and Hunger

The UAE does not have individuals whose income is less than US$1.25 a day. Economic statistics indicate that UAE per capita GDP increased from AED 68,000 in 1990 to approximately AED 132,300 in 2010, which reflects an average year-on-year growth of approximately 4.7% per annum for the period. Furthermore, the average per capita private consumption increased from AED 26,000 to AED 78,600 per annum with an average annual growth of 10.1%. Per capita monthly average consumption was AED 2,088, rising to AED 2,522 for Emirati households and AED 2,130 for non-Emirati households. This places the UAE within the highest growth and stability rates regionally and internationally.


The UAE has achieved its targeted ratios within the set timeline, namely before 2015. The proportion of pupils who reached grade 5 rose from 95.5% in 1990 to approximately 99.5% in 2010. The data also reflects the growth and progress of infrastructure, education services, and numbers of students and graduates, as well as enforcing mandatory education till grade 9 of primary schooling. All such policies demonstrate the successes of the UAE in promoting all forms of education. Over the period 1990-2010, the number of students increased at an annual rate of 10.3%, the number of schools increased by the same percentage, while the number of teachers increased at an annual rate of 13.3%..

Promote gender equality and empower women

UAE is one of the few countries where the proportion of literate females exceeds that of literate males in the 15 to 24 year-old age group.  The ratio increased to 103.6% in 2010, compared to 100.5% in 1990. In fact, there are policies to enable women’s access to resources in various fields. This has been clearly reflected in the country’s development strategy, which calls for the full participation of all components of society in the development process on the basis of integral role between men and women in all fields as a prerequisite for inclusive and sustainable development.

Reduce child mortality

The target of this MDG includes reducing under-five mortality rate, infant mortality rate, and the proportion of one-year-old children immunised against measles. The government-adopted programmes over the last few years have contributed to achieving significant levels of progress in achieving and exceeding the set target of reducing child mortality.

Improve maternal health

The target was to reduce maternal mortality caused by complications in pregnancy and delivery to zero. Reports indicate that there have been no mortality cases registered among delivering mothers since 2004. Moreover, all deliveries (99.9%) have taken place in hospitals under specialist medical supervision. This rate is one of the highest rates in the world, due to the UAE's efforts in providing world-class healthcare services for mothers and children, as well as relying on scientific developments and updated protocols pertaining to women's healthcare during prenatal and postnatal phases, and for ongoing training programmes for service providers in all fields of maternal and child healthcare.

Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other contagious diseases

HIV/AIDS has not been a national health problem in the UAE, according to the country’s health sources and specialised entities (mainly the Ministry of Health). This can be attributed to many reasons, most important of which is a series of preventive measures carried out by specialised entities that include the precautionary policy to prevent the disease from entering the country from abroad under the country’s openness to its environs and the active movement and travel to and from the country. UAE foreign aid to these sectors amounted to AED 1.115B, taking into account that the total amount does not include the assistance offered to other sectors.