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UAE’s commitment towards UN Sustainable Development Goals

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


Tariq Umar

Charles Egbu

George Ofori

Messaoud Saidani

Abdussalam Shibani

Alex Opoku

Naren Gupta


In 2015, the UN member countries, on mutual understanding, 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 paper aims to show the progress and commitment of the UAE towards UN SDGs. A qualitative research approach using a systematic literature review complying with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses and a semi-structured interview was adapted to achieve the aim of this research. The results reflect that the 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 becoming 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 how these targets will be achieved. Similarly, the government needs to ensure a close relationship between organisations so that the action of one unit does not derail the plans of other organisations.


Umar, T., Egbu, C., Ofori, G., Honnurvali, M. S., Saidani, M., Shibani, A., …Goh, K. (2020). UAE’s commitment towards UN Sustainable Development Goals. Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 173(7), 325-343.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 11, 2020
Online Publication Date Sep 14, 2020
Publication Date 2020-10
Deposit Date Nov 25, 2020
Journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability
Print ISSN 1478-4629
Electronic ISSN 1751-7680
Publisher ICE Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 173
Issue 7
Pages 325-343
Keywords climate change, environment, sustainability
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