Dubai (UNA/WAM) - Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence in the United Arab Emirates, confirmed that the “Global Alliance for Tolerance” has the capabilities and potential to enhance international understanding of sustainability and help develop a comprehensive strategy to develop a common goal and a clear understanding of this. Issues between people of different cultures, calling on everyone to direct their ability to build peace and prosperity around the world.
He said: “Together, let us declare our commitment to finding common ground to heal the wounds and prevent further threats to our environment, and affirm our conviction that we all live in one world, and that we must contribute to the progress of humanity, and to unleash the power of education and its role in creating new solutions to the challenges of sustainability and the environment, and to celebrate role models.” A successful international conference that emphasizes the ability of peace and tolerance to drive development and a sustainable future globally.”
This came during Sheikh Nahyan’s opening of the “Global Alliance for Tolerance” summit, organized by the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence in cooperation with the Council of Muslim Elders, on the sidelines of the activities of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in Expo City Dubai, under the slogan “United by our common humanity.” “, with the participation of Rebecca Greenspan, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Miguel Moratinos, High Representative of the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilizations, Afra Al-Sabri, Director-General of the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, and a large number of intellectual, international and religious leaders. During its sessions, the summit dealt with two main topics: “Promoting sustainable development.” Through dialogue and inclusion, and a multidimensional approach to a sustainable future with the participation of prominent international figures in various fields.
During his opening speech, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak welcomed all the international figures participating in the annual meeting of the Alliance Summit and said: “This meeting carries great importance because it coincides with the holding of the COP28 Conference of the Parties in the United Arab Emirates, and I am confident that this forum will provide an important platform for discussing and analyzing the relationship.” The vitality between tolerance and sustainability, and we are very proud that this forum highlights the importance of tolerance in confronting climate change and global warming, as the Conference of the Parties affirms that the relationship between the commitment to protecting the environment and its sustainability must be integrated with the world’s display of the spirit of tolerance, and that global cooperation in this urgent issue “It requires establishing an effective dialogue governed by empathy, compassion, honesty and other characteristics of tolerant and peaceful societies, so that tolerance is the foundation of collective action on sustainability.”
He added: “Participants in the COP28 conference from all over the world are coming together in pursuit of a common goal, which is to limit global warming to below pre-industrial levels, and to help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The participants in the conference are not governed by their whims and personal interests. “On the contrary, they all believe that global cooperation is an existential necessity for the survival and prosperity of planet Earth, and that their tolerant embrace of global diversity encourages the empathy and compassion necessary for understanding and cooperation.”
Sheikh Nahyan stressed that the participants who engage in the COP28 Conference of the Parties in a collective dialogue push the people of this planet to think carefully about common values and their role in addressing the challenges we face, pointing out that these challenges include spreading awareness of the importance of addressing climate change issues, and how to support global cooperation on issues that do not exist. It discusses how the losses and benefits of the countries concerned are equal, how to maintain a creative balance between the need for economic growth and societal expectations on the one hand, and the needs of the natural world on the other hand, and how to improve the quality of life for future generations.
Sheikh Nahyan said: “At the Global Alliance for Tolerance, we believe that a tolerant society is one that takes whatever measures it can to answer these important questions. We, in the United Arab Emirates, are proud of being a tolerant and peaceful society. We see around us the returns to prosperity and sustainability associated with tolerance, as appears from In our experience, countries that value tolerance are the ones that enjoy the most peace and successful commercial activity, and are the most aware of the challenges of their natural environment. The peoples of those countries also adopt higher moral values, live in a safer environment, and allocate more of their resources to sustainable social and economic activities.”
He explained that under the wise leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Emirates, the United Arab Emirates is working hard to spread the spirit of tolerance and fruitful coexistence throughout the planet, which is consistent with its role, and even its duty, to spread hope and optimism in the souls of people. Thanks to our wise leadership, the UAE has committed to building bridges of communication between the peoples of the world and celebrating their commonalities, stressing that this stems from its awareness that building a sustainable society is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century, and based on the efforts and initiatives of the President of the State, sustainability has become It is an Emirati approach and must become the dominant driver for all effective actions that will intelligently and fairly take into account economic, social, cultural, preventive and environmental needs.
He appreciated the sincere call from the President of the UAE for international cooperation and the launch of joint initiatives to confront climate challenges, stressing that holding the COP28 Conference of the Parties in the United Arab Emirates is an affirmation of the UAE’s commitment to working with all the peoples of the world in facing major challenges, because through joint action we will advance local and global communities. To focus on developing solutions to the most important problems of the era.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan pointed out that the United Nations defined sustainable development as “that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” He said: “It is our duty to provide what we can so that people become aware of this concept, and for sustainability to become a belief.” Jointly, and to help our societies realize that our survival and well-being depend on our natural environment, and that sustainability creates and maintains conditions in which humans and nature can live in harmony, and sustainability defines conditions that allow the social, economic and aesthetic needs of current and future generations to be met, and the Global Alliance for Tolerance can “Enhances global understanding of sustainability.”
He called for all coalition participants to declare their commitment to finding common ground to prevent further threats to our environment, and for all to affirm their conviction “that we all live in one world, and we must all contribute to the progress of humanity and we must unleash the power of education and its role in innovating new solutions to challenges.” Sustainability and the environment, and to celebrate successful global models that emphasize the ability of peace and tolerance to drive development and a sustainable future.”
For his part, Miguel Moratinos, the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, stressed in his speech to the recipient that the “Global Alliance for Tolerance” can play an important role in promoting human values and supporting issues of global peace and coexistence, enabling humanity to confront all challenges, whether environmental, economic, or social. Pointing out that activating this role enhances common human values, uniting our efforts towards achieving our common goals, he praised the role of the wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates in this field.
Following the keynote speeches of the summit, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak opened the open discussion sessions, which focused on the importance of promoting sustainable development through dialogue. Abdullah Al Shehhi, Acting Executive Director of the Abrahamic Family House, Hind Al Owais, Director of the Permanent Committee for Human Rights in the United Arab Emirates, and Dr. Mariette Westermann, Vice President of New York University Abu Dhabi, and Manal Bahman, Director of Operations at the Emirates Nature Foundation.
The session discussed many important topics and proposals that can lead to positive results that support sustainable development at the short and medium levels, including the importance of social and economic inclusion, which focuses on the participation of all segments of society in accessing economic opportunities, regardless of their background or origin, by actively participating in life. Economic and social.
The session focused on enhancing dialogue and social interaction that can enhance mutual understanding and acceptance of different points of view, build bridges of communication and encourage understanding between different communities, paving the way for cooperation and common understanding towards the goals of sustainable development.
The session discussed the role of education, culture and religions in promoting sustainable development, as well as the role of participation in decision-making, which leads to enhancing the sense of responsibility and belonging to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental goals. It focused on the importance of supporting the role of innovation and clean technology, which contribute to preserving the environment and improving economic performance regionally and globally. .
The discussions emphasized that community interaction and comprehensive dialogue play a vital role in achieving sustainable development, in addition to the importance of achieving a balance between current and future needs that allows achieving the current needs of the current generation and preserving resources and the environment for future generations.
The second session focused on the most important religious, societal and humanitarian issues and frameworks that can be useful for building a multidimensional approach to a sustainable future. It was attended by Claire Dalton, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in the Emirates, Imam Yahya Sergio Yahi Pallavicini, Chairman of the ISESCO Council, and Rabbi David Rosen, International Director for International Affairs. Religions at the American Jewish Committee, Dr. Surinder Singh Kandari, head of the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple, Dubai, and Father Bishoy Fakhri, delegate of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The session discussed the importance of focusing on the common human values advocated by various religions, in addition to using the concept of sustainable development, which focuses on meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
The session talked about enhancing economic growth through the sustainable use of resources and developing green technology, and focused on the importance of a sustainable future being comprehensive, with a focus on reducing economic and social disparities, ensuring human rights for all, and using technology and innovation positively to solve environmental, economic and social challenges.