The UAE has officially joined as a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation and Chairperson of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, said that the directives of the wise leadership to upgrade the various mechanisms and channels of partnership with relevant international organisations of international and humanitarian development, have contributed to strengthening the leading position of the U.A.E. in the most important platforms for international institutional humanitarian work.
Sheikha Lubna explained that the U.A.E.'s accession to the Development Assistance Committee, DAC, confirms the U.A.E.'s influential role in the field of international development, which culminated in it achieving the first rank as the most generous donor state in the world for development assistance, compared to its national income, for last year, 2013.
She added that the directives of the wise leadership, represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the intensive follow-up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, along with sponsorship of the developmental and humanitarian role of the U.A.E. on the international arena, made it ranked in a significant position, gaining the recognition of various international humanitarian and development organisations.
The Committee is considered a global forum to put forward topics related to development cooperation and fight against poverty in developing countries, and the formulation of policies and strategies relating to foreign aid, whereby the U.A.E. joining the committee will contribute to strengthening its international status in terms of international development as a major donor, in addition to benefiting from the best practices of humanitarian and development work in the world.