Sheikh Lubna makes history – becoming the first Emirati ever to recieve the Clinton Global Citizen Award...

Member of Forbes' '100 Most Powerful Women', HE Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister for International Cooperation and Development, Chair of UAE Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Aid, has been honoured by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) with the Clinton Global Citizen Award for her leadership in public service.

“I am humbled by this recognition, and, with gratitude, I stand before all of you today to receive this award on behalf of my country, the United Arab Emirates,” said HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi.

“Allow me to say that this is not about me, I am representing my country the UAE, who with the guidance of the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has set a policy of giving to all those in need regardless of race, colour and religion. I am here, holding this award, because I am very fortunate to be given the opportunity by the UAE leadership to be the first-ever female minister, and more importantly, to be an agent of positive change.”

“I dedicate this award to H.H Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed,” HE Lubna Al Qasimi added.

HE Sheikha Lubna received the award for her outstanding role in her country’s efforts in the humanitarian and global arena. Although still a relatively young and developing country, the UAE has risen to become the world’s most generous donor in the last two consecutive years, providing official development assistance above the target of 0.7 percent of gross national income (1.34% in 2013, and 1.17% in 2014), and provides extensive support to fellow developing countries. These achievements have been driven by the visionary leadership, effective policies and initiatives undertaken across our country.