Abu Dhabi (UNA/WAM) - Since its founding, the UAE has succeeded in drawing the world’s attention to itself, through its pioneering experience in promoting the concept of tolerance locally, regionally and globally, until it has become a bridge of communication and convergence between peoples and civilizations, and a global center for coexistence and peace.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the UAE will celebrate the “International Day for Tolerance,” which was adopted by the United Nations on November 16 of each year as an annual occasion to encourage tolerance and unity among people and spread the values of coexistence and acceptance of others.
The UAE’s efforts and role in promoting the values of tolerance between people and religions are highlighted at the international level through a group of activities and initiatives, such as the Abu Dhabi Peace Forum, which this year will celebrate its tenth meeting in the capital of tolerance and sustainability, Abu Dhabi, under the slogan “For Sustainable Peace - Challenges and Possibilities,” with a large official and scientific presence. And broad Emirati, Arab and international participation.
This year, the forum will discuss several topics, the most prominent of which are: sustainable peace concepts and achievements, the concept of sustainable peace and the experience of the United Arab Emirates, contemporary world crises and sustainable peace, sustainable peace and sustainable development, religious and cultural diplomacy and preventive measures.
Last February, the UAE hosted the Global Summit for Tolerance and Human Fraternity, which was held under the slogan “United by Our Common Humanity,” and was attended by a large number of prominent Arab and international figures and religious leaders from various countries of the world.
The summit discussed all issues related to activating the role of the Global Alliance for Tolerance, so that its ideas can be transformed into initiatives and programs that nations and peoples can benefit from to develop relationships based on dialogue, coexistence, acceptance of others, and belief in diversity as an added value to the richness of societies.
The summit, in which representatives of the Vatican and Al-Azhar Al-Sharif participated, also focused on four main topics: faith, diversity, peace, and the planet. The summit discusses a number of projects related to these four topics and ways to implement them.
The UAE has secured its position among the top 20 countries in the world in the global competitiveness indicators for tolerance and coexistence, thanks to its path full of achievements in the field of strengthening tolerance and spreading the values of coexistence locally and globally, as it established in 2013 the “Hedayah” International Center for Excellence in Combating Violent Extremism, It is the first independent applied research institution that supports dialogue, research and training to combat extremism. It also established in July 2014 the Council of Muslim Elders, which is an independent international body that aims to promote peace in the Islamic world.
In July 2015, the UAE issued a decree-law on combating discrimination and hatred, aiming to enrich global tolerance and confront manifestations of discrimination and racism, whatever their nature. In February 2016, it created a Ministry of Tolerance for the first time in the world, and its name became, according to the ministerial amendment in July 2020, the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, while the Council approved Ministers on June 8, 2016, National Tolerance Programme.
On June 21, 2017, the UAE issued a law establishing the International Institute for Tolerance, and the World Council of Muslim Communities was established in 2018, which works to promote and disseminate the values of moderation, dialogue, tolerance, and belonging to the homeland, while rejecting religious fanaticism and hatred of others.
The UAE designated 2019 as the Year of Tolerance, a year that witnessed the historic meeting between His Eminence the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, and Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church, in Abu Dhabi, who issued the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living... The joint venture, which developed a framework for a new global constitution that draws a road map for humanity towards a tolerant world, and also inaugurated on its soil the Abrahamic Family House, which embodies the state of peaceful coexistence and the reality of human brotherhood experienced by various races and nationalities of multiple beliefs and religions in the UAE.
The UAE has translated its supportive approach to spreading the values of tolerance and peace by launching a group of international awards that celebrate the efforts of individuals and entities that are in the interest of promoting peaceful coexistence. In this context, the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity, the Mohammed bin Rashid Tolerance Award, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Peace Award, and the Emirates International Peace Poets.