UAE steers discussion about humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa with UN partners.

The United Arab Emirates Mission to the United Nations in New York, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has hosted a briefing to engage Members States in evaluating the humanitarian situation and possible responses in the Horn of Africa. The meeting featured briefings by the UN’s humanitarian heads in Ethiopia, Somalia, and South Sudan.

Humanitarian response and prevention is at the heart of the UAE’s foreign aid and assistance. The UAE is deeply concerned by the different situations in the Horn of Africa, from war to climate change, and is partnering with OCHA to illuminate the options for the UN community and donors to empower these countries and their people to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The humanitarian situations in the three countries continue to cripple their development progress. Drought has pushed Somalia to the brink of famine, as well as threatened lives in many parts of Ethiopia, despite strong government leadership in the 2016 and 2017 drought response. Conflict in South Sudan, worsened by climate change, has caused over 2.3 million people to flee their homes and 1 million people at risk of famine in 2018.

The meeting looked at both funding needs � which are especially acute in South Sudan � as well as innovative options to prevent and mitigate crises. These include techniques like forecast-based financing, which mandates donors to release money for humanitarian action before harsh weather strikes, and the tailoring of programs for specific demographics.

The UAE has provided over $250 million of aid to the three countries and their citizens since 2013, most recently to support Uganda as the host of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees.


UAE “surprised and disappointed” to be included on EU list of non-compliant tax jurisdictions.

The Government of the United Arab Emirates has issued a statement expressing its surprise and disappointment that it has been included by the European Union in a list of non-compliant tax jurisdictions.

In the statement, the UAE highlighted its full commitment to maintaining the highest international standards of financial oversight and tax regulation, saying it will continue to work with international partners to deliver this.

The UAE’s Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Younis Haji Al-Khouri, said, “The UAE has worked to meet the European Union’s requirements in terms of exchanging tax-related information.”

“We have committed to a reform process which will be finalised by October 2018, and we are absolutely confident this will ensure the UAE is swiftly removed from the list.

“We look forward to moving into the next phase of cooperation with our EU partners on the important issue of tax regulation.”

The statement added, “Since early 2017, the UAE has worked transparently with European Union counterparts to ensure that we meet the criteria laid down by European Union Member States.

“As the European Union has itself noted, the UAE has addressed each and every issue the EU has raised. The UAE has drafted, legislated and implemented significant reforms to ensure that we remain in lock-step with our OECD partners and international best practice.”

It continued, “The sole outstanding issue is the implementation of the Base erosion and profit shifting, BEPS, Minimum Standard, which we have committed to finalise by October 2018 and ratify by March 2019 � giving our federal structure sufficient time to allow for ratification across the seven Emirates. We stand by this realistic timeline.”

“The UAE will continue to work with international partners on this issue, and is confident that it will be recognised as an internationally compliant partner at the EU’s next review,” the statement concluded.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs