Federal Decree - Law No . 1 Issued on 30/7 / 2003 Corresponding to 30 Jumada al - Awwal 1424 H . CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MOTHER AND CHILD SUPREME COUNCIL We , Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan , President of the United Arab Emirates State , Pursuant to the perusal of the Constitution ; and Federal Law no . 1 of 1972 concerning the Jurisdiction of the Ministries and the Powers of the Ministers and the amending laws thereof ; and Federal Law no . 8 of 1980 Regulating Work Relations and the amending laws thereof ; and Federal Law no . 7 of 1999 concerning the promulgation of the Pension and Social Security Law ; and Federal Law no . 21 of 2001 on the Civil Service in the Federal Government , the amending laws thereof , and its Implementing Regulation ; and Acting upon the proposal of the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and the approval of the Cabinet , Have promulgated the following Law : Article 1 In the implementation of the provisions hereof , the following terms and phrases shall have the meanings assigned for each of them unless the context requires otherwise : State : The United Arab Emirates State . Office President : President of the office of the President of the State . Women Union : General Women Union in the State . Supreme Council : Mother and Child Supreme Council . President of Supreme Council : Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Council . Board of Directors : Board of Directors of the Supreme Council . Secretary General : Secretary General of the Supreme Council . CHAPTER ONE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MOTHER AND CHILD SUPREME COUNCIL Article 2 A council under the name “ Mother and Child Supreme Council ” shall be established . It shall have a juridical personality , enjoy financial and administrative independence , be represented by the President of the Supreme Council and report directly to the President of the State . Article 3 The headquarters of the Supreme Council shall be located in the city of Abu Dhabi . It may establish branches or offices in the Emirates of the State by a decision of the President of the Supreme Council in accordance with the consent of the Board of Directors . Article 4 The Supreme Council shall aim at enhancing the level of mother and child care , attention and follow - up , offering support in all fields , namely the educational , cultural , health , social , psychological and pedagogical fields , following up and evaluating the plans of development and promotion in view of achieving the aspired welfare , and spread comprehensive cultures related to mother and child . CHAPTER TWO THE MANAGEMENT OF THE MOTHER AND CHILD SUPREME COUNCIL Article 5 The Supreme Council shall be managed by the President of the Supreme Council . Such position may be occupied by the President of the General Women Union . The President shall be appointed by a federal decree and exercise all powers and jurisdictions provided for herein and in the regulations of the Council . The Vice - Chairman shall assist and replace the President . Article 6 The management of the Supreme Council shall be undertaken by a Board of Directors presided by the President of the Supreme Council and comprising as members : 1 – The Vice - Chairman . 2 – The Director of the General Women Union . 3 – The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs or a representative thereof . 4 – The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Youth or a representative thereof . 5 – An Assistant Undersecretary in the field of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in the Ministry of Justice , Islamic Affairs and Endowments or a representative thereof . 6 – The Secretary General of the Red Crescent organization or a representative thereof . 7 – Seven representatives of the women associations in the State . 8 – A representative of every council or center for Mother and Child in every State . 9 – Director of the Mother and Child Welfare Department in the Ministry of Health or a representative thereof . The President of the Council may invite experts and knowledgeable persons in the field of mother and child to attend the sessions of the Supreme Council , without having countable votes in deliberations . The President of the Council shall select the secretary of the Supreme Council from among the active members in the Supreme Council . The members of the Board of Directors shall be appointed , and their remunerations determined by a Cabinet decision upon the suggestion of the President of the Supreme Council . The membership tenure of the Board of Directors shall be of three years , renewable for similar terms . Article 7 The Board of Directors shall be entitled to exercise the necessary powers for the achievement of its objectives , and such in cooperation with the competent parties . The Council shall undertake in particular the following : 1 – Set the general policy of the Council and oversee the execution thereof in view of achieving its objectives in different fields related to the mother and child , evaluate and follow up the implementation of such policy in order to achieve the security and safety of the mother and child . 2 – Set comprehensive strategic and executive plans for the development of the mother and child within the scope of the general development plan in the State , supervise the execution thereof and follow up and assess the implementation thereof . 3 – Take necessary measures for the consolidation and coordination of the efforts exerted by the local councils and centers for mother and child welfare in view of achieving their effective development . 4 – Prepare the regulation of the personnel of the Supreme Council , as well as all administrative and regulatory regulations . 5 – Orient the professional entities and institutions toward the establishment of projects for the mother and child welfare on the educational , health , cultural and social levels , and suggest the execution of special programs offered to mothers and children . 6 – Carry out and encourage studies and researches in the field of mother and child care , establish an information center as a database on the mother and child , publish adequate material for the mother and child care in the health , psychological , cultural and educational fields , suggest adequate cultural , educational and information programs for the awareness of the public opinion vis - à - vis the mother and child care and settle the problems thereof on scientific grounds . 7 – Encourage the artistic and literary production for children and mothers , whether carried out by the children themselves or produced for them . 8 – Suggest and execute training programs for the enhancement of the performance of the workers in the field of mother and child in all public , private and voluntary entities and institutions for children . 9 – Hold symposiums and organize conferences on children and family . 10 – Prepare the organizational structure of the Supreme Council , and determine the jurisdictions of the main and sub - administrations and units , describe and categorize the functions thereof . 11 – Form permanent and temporary committees deemed necessary by the Board of Directors for the good workflow and the efficiency of the Supreme Council’s activity , determine the jurisdictions of every committee and designating the president thereof . 12 – Draft the annual budget and closing account of the Supreme Council . 13 – The participation by the Supreme Council with specialized parties to represent the State in Arab and international conferences , symposiums and meetings and in international organizations concerned with the mother and child affairs . 14 – Decide on the acceptance of donations , grants , contributions and wills , and all aids from moveable and immoveable properties , as long as they are not bound to conditions contradicting the goals of the Supreme Council . 15 – Appoint auditors and determine their remunerations . Article 8 The Board of Directors may commission some of its powers to the Chairman of the Board of Directors or one of the members thereof . Article 9 The Board shall convene upon the convocation of the Chairman four times per year at least . The President of the Supreme Council may convoke the Board for meeting upon the request of the majority of the members thereof , or whenever need arises . Article 10 The meetings of the Board of Directors shall be valid should they be attended by the majority of the members of the Board , on condition of the presence of the President or Vice - President of the Supreme Council among them . The decisions of the Board of Directors shall be passed by the absolute majority of the votes of the present members . In the event of equality of votes , the side with whom the President voted shall prevail . Article 11 The deliberations and decisions of the Board of Directors shall be kept in minutes signed by the President or Vice - President of the Supreme Council . The decisions of the said Council shall be issued by virtue of the signature of the President of the Supreme Council . Article 12 The Supreme Council shall have one or more vice - chairmen and a secretary general assigned by virtue of a Federal Decree . The implementing regulation of the present Decree - Law shall determine the jurisdictions of the vice - chairman and secretary general . CHAPTER THREE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS Article 13 The Supreme Council shall have an independent budget annexed to the General State’s Budget . Article 14 The fiscal year of the Supreme Council shall commence on the first day of January and end on the thirty first day of December of every year . The first fiscal year of the Supreme Council shall commence on the date of the coming into force of the present Decree - Law and end on the thirty first day of December of the following year . Article 15 The revenues of the Supreme Council shall be constituted of the following resources : 1 – Annual credits allocated to the Supreme Council in the Government Budget . 2 – Savings achieved in the Supreme Council’s budget for the previous fiscal years . 3 – Contributions from public and private , federal and local entities and institutions . 4 – The revenue of the moveable and immoveable properties . 5 – Grants , contributions , graces , wills and donations approved by the Board and not contradicting with the objectives of the Supreme Council . Article 16 By virtue of a decision from the President of the Supreme Council , it shall be allowed to transfer from one clause to another in the same title of the budget . Furthermore , by virtue of a decision from the Board of Directors upon the proposal of the Chairman thereof , it shall be allowed to transfer among the titles of the budgets whenever need arises . Such transfer shall be mentioned in the closing account of the fiscal year . Article 17 The Supreme Council shall dispose of its funds in view to achieve its goals , and shall undertake the provision of its needs through public and limited tenders , practice , or direct agreement , and such within the limits of its annual budget and in accordance with the financial regulation of the Supreme Council . Furthermore , by virtue of a decision of the Board of Directors , the investment of the achieved savings in the budget may be carried out in a manner not contradicting the goals of the Supreme Council . Article 18 The Supreme Council shall enjoy the following exemptions : 1 – Exemption from taxes and customs fees with regards to imported tools on its own account , that are necessary for the practice of the activity thereof . Such tools may not be disposed of by another party not enjoying exemption from taxes and customs fees before the passing of one year from the date of importation thereof , unless the due taxes and fees are settled . 2 – Exemption from any other taxes or fees related to the activities thereof . Article 19 The Supreme Council personnel affairs regulation shall determine the ranks and benefits paid to all employees thereof . Article 20 The funds of the Supreme Council shall be deemed public , and shall be exempt from the prior control by the Audit Department . CHAPTER FOUR GENERAL PROVISIONS Article 21 With regards to the provisions mentioned neither herein nor in the Supreme Council’s personnel affairs regulations provided for in Article 19 herein , the personnel of the Supreme Council shall be subject to the Civil Service Law in force in the Federal Government . Employed citizens working in the Supreme Council shall be subject to the abovementioned Pension and Social Security Law . Article 22 The implementing regulation of the present Decree - Law and the regulations organizing the work in the Supreme Council shall be issued by virtue of a decision from the President of the Supreme Council in accordance with the proposition of the Board of Directors . Article 23 The President of the Supreme Council shall have the powers and jurisdictions entrusted to the Board of Directors until the formation of the Supreme Council set forth in Article 6 herein . The office president shall be notified of the decisions issued by the President of the Supreme Council in this regard . Article 24 The Board of Directors shall file an annual report on the activities and achievements of the Supreme Council to the office president for presentation to the President of the State along with the recommendations and proposals he deems fit . Article 25 Every provision conflicting or contradicting with the provisions hereof shall be cancelled . Article 26 This Decree - Law shall be published in the Official Gazette , and shall come into force as of the date of its publication . Presidential Promulgated by Us at the Palace in Abu Dhabi . On 30 Jumada al - Awwal 1424 H Corresponding to 30 July 2003 Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan President of the United Arab Emirates State This Federal Law has been published in the Official Gazette , issue no . 401 , p . 11 .