At a time when the world is increasingly witnessing divisions between nations and peoples and an unbridled spike in hate speech and hate crimes, the UN Alliance of Civilizations
The UAE has always promoted the values of tolerance and President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s declaration of 2019 as the “Year of Tolerance” has given it a further boost (“UAE offers remarkable tolerance model,” Sept. 14, Gulf Today).
Pope Francis and His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Dr Ahmed El Tayyeb, signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together in Abu Dhabi in February 2019.
It’s a wonderful idea – and move – that the second edition of the World Tolerance Summit will be held in Dubai from 14 to 16 November this year. A galaxy of distinguished speakers and peace experts from around the world, envoys from the international diplomatic community and university students are expected to attend the three-day summit
The Department of Community Development Abu Dhabi will be organising an event to give licence to 18 non-Muslim places of worship, on Sept.22, 2019, at the Emirates Palace Hotel.
Fraternity among nations touches the deepest desire of human nature, said Hjalmar Branting, who was once the Prime Minister of Sweden. On the International Day of Human Fraternity, observed on February 4, these words ring in a lot of significance.
Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said. “Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity…”
The country launched various programmes and engaged in numerous activities and events to confirm its status as a global centre of tolerance.
As part of its Ramadan initiatives and in conjunction with the Year of Tolerance, the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s Youth Council (MoHAP’s Youth Council) organised, on Thursday evening, a Ramadan night under the theme “Ramadan Zaman” at the Old People’s Home in Sharjah.