UAE’s Commitment Towards UN Sustainable Development Goals

Tariq Umar, Charles Egbu, George Ofori, Mohamed Shaik Honnurvali, Messaoud Saidani, Abdussalam Shibani, Alex Opoku, Naren Gupta, Keng Goh

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In 2015, the United Nations (UN) member countries, upon mutual understanding have identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be achieved by 2030. According to several reports, some countries are reflecting good progress but overall, no country is on track towards achieving all the UN SDGs. This article aims to show the progress and commitment of the United Arab Emirates towards UN SDGs. A qualitative research approach using a systematic literature review following PRISMA compliance and a semi-structured interview was adapted to achieve the aim of this research. The results reflect that Emirates has achieved only one goal. Most of the remaining goals are not on track to be achieved by 2030. In fact, some of the goals related to Energy and Climate are getting more riskier. The country under its different initiatives aims to invest a total of US $ 163.35 billion in different projects that target to achieve 50% clean energy by 2050. It is, however, not clear from the government strategy that how these targets will be achieved. Similarly, the government needs to ensure a close relationship between organizations so that the action of one unit doesn’t derail the plans of other organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
Journal Engineering Sustainability
Early online date13 Feb 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2020


  • Sustainability
  • Environment
  • Fossil fuels
  • Renewable energy
  • climate change
  • United Arab Emirates (UEA)
  • Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Electricity
  • CO2

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