Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, visited the new building of the UAE's permanent mission to the United Nations in New York City this week.
The visit was made a month after the country was elected to serve on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term, beginning next year.
He expressed his pride in and appreciation of the mission’s team for their efforts during the UAE’s candidacy for the council membership.
"The UAE is looking forward during its UNSC membership (2022 - 2023) to work with its partners at the UN to reach solutions for current global challenges and explore prospects for a promising future for the generations to come," he said, reported state news agency Wam.
Sheikh Abdullah was accompanied by Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation for Political Affairs, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
The building is located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, a short distance away from the UN headquarters.
It began operations in April and was awarded the LEED Gold level for its high sustainability standards, including energy and water savings, carbon dioxide emissions reduction and indoor air quality improvement.
Standing at a height of 44.1 metres, the building has nine floors and spans a total area of 7,432 square metres.
The architectural style was inspired by Manhattan, as well as the Emirati culture, with an aim to create an enduring legacy of the UAE in New York City.
Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the UAE’s commitment to play an active and effective role in the UNSC.
He said that Founding Father Sheikh Zayed had the laid the foundations of the UAE’s foreign policy, which he said is based on adherence to the UN charter.
Sheikh Abdullah said the country’s foreign policy seeks to promote values of tolerance, coexistence, encourage inclusion and innovation, support the aspirations of the people for peace, stability, development and prosperity.