Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates Permanent Representative to the United Nations

May 2, 2016

Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh visited the Washington campus to discuss the importance of women's rights, youth empowerment and extremism, and the UAE's regional priorities at the UN.

With half of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) population under age 25, Ambassador Nusseibeh said that youth empowerment is a critical focus of the region’s efforts to combat violent extremism. Extremist groups such as the Islamic State should be countered in the digital domain by the use of social media, which has served as a major source of youth recruitment.

Ambassador Nusseibeh also spoke at length concerning regional security issues like the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Libya and the UAE's approach to find peaceful resolutions, ongoing dialogue, and the cessation of funding to proxy groups that contribute to regional instability. She concluded with her thoughts on the upcoming election for Secretary-General of the UN, saying that the most successful leader will place a premium on reforms to improve the UN's mission and efficacy.