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05ABUDHABI3808 2005-09-07 09:06:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Abu Dhabi
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UAE: DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT UN HLE

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STATE FOR NEA/ARPI, IO/UNP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ECIN PREL UNGA TC
SUBJECT: UAE: DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT UN HLE

REF: STATE 160880



1. In September 4 call on Abdullah Rashid Al Noaimi, U/S for
Foreign Affairs, Ambassador enumerated several concerns about
the outcome paper on development issues which will be
discussed at the upcoming UN high level event (HLE), and left
reftel non-paper detailing these concerns. Ambassador noted
that the HLE is an important opportunity to make progress
towards the goals of the Monterrey Consensus, but that the
current outcome document draft crosses important redlines
that would prevent USG from supporting it. Ambassador
observed that the US finds a lack of balance in the document
and does not support arbitrary percentage targets. Al Noaimi
said he also had concerns regarding development practices and
priorities at the UN.



2. Ambassador explained to Al Noaimi that USG views
development as a long-term process, that the HLE outcome
document should not fall prey to promises of quick fixes, and
that the document should emphasize good governance, private
sector assistance and openness to trade as key factors to
development. U/S agreed that trade is an important part of
development and added that cash alone will not solve
problems. Citing the example of Palestine, Al Noaimi stated
that UAEG at one time provided cash to the Palestinians, but
noticing a lack of "trickle down," now prefers to assist
through specific development projects such as the 100 million
dollar Sheikh Khalifa residential city complex project.



3. U/S Noaimi reported that he had recently met with
representatives from UNDP and noted to them that he had
noticed that too large a percentage of donations went to
overhead instead of towards actual development projects. He
suggested to them, and re-iterated to Ambassador, that
people-to-people programs that link individual donors and
specific development projects could be a significant vehicle
for development.



4. Ambassador emphasized that the discussions in NY should
not devolve into an argument assigning arbitrary targets, but
should outline a set of policies that will generate and
sustain growth over the long-term. Al Naoimi nodded in
agreement, repeating that openness to trade is a critical
factor for sustainable development in the UAEG's view.
Embassy has also provided the non-paper to U/S Economy and
Commerce Abdullah Saleh.
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