His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, approved the formation of the National Human Rights Authority at the final cabinet meeting for 2020.
This aims to establish the country’s status in persevering human rights on regional and global spheres.
As part of the new independent human rights authority, the UAE seeks to develop networks with individuals and institutions around the world with aims to achieve goals in empowering vulnerable segments of society. The authority will be granted financial and administrative independence to carry out its tasks.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, "Women, children, labourers, the elderly, people of determination and the vulnerable have rights that must be safeguarded. The authority will advance our country’s efforts in protecting human rights."
Restructuring the Emirates Competitiveness Council, the Cabinet approved the restructuring of the Emirates Competitiveness Council to undertake the tasks of reviewing and proposing policies, strategies and legislations related to the country’s competitive fields, in collaboration with government entities.
The Cabinet also adopted the formation of the Executive Office of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism that aims to follow the country’s performance in line with international requirements in this sector.
The UAE also renewed its commitment to combatting climate change through approving contributions in line with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.