Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East: A UAE Perspective

Oct 27, 2020, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Zoom webinar
Free and open to the public



Event Description

The Middle East is a region in transition. It faces long-standing challenges such as regional instability and terrorism, and COVID-19 has further exposed its vulnerabilities. However, the Middle East is also fertile ground for opportunities. Forward-looking leadership can deliver more sustainable economies, more equitable societies and an ecosystem that promotes tolerance and nurtures innovation. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, will discuss the UAE’s role in the region and its focus on overcoming the region’s challenges.


Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN in New York in September 2013. She was also appointed as the non-resident Ambassador of the UAE to Grenada in November 2017. Since 2018, she has served as Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform.

She served as Vice-President of the General Assembly for its 72nd session. She also served as President of the UN Women Executive Board in 2017, Co-facilitator of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the UN General Assembly for the 71st session, and Co-facilitator for the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2015. Furthermore, she chairs the Friends of the Future of the UN. Previously, she served in several capacities within the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as the UAE Co-Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Ambassador Nusseibeh received an MA (Cantab) and BA (Hons) in History from the University of Cambridge, and an MA with Distinction in Israeli and Jewish Diaspora Studies from the University of London.

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia (TRI)