The Global Alliance for Tolerance was launched at a special event at the Italy pavilion
The UAE has launched an International Alliance for Tolerance – a unique initiative that aims to bring together religious leaders, governments and people to promote peaceful coexistence.
The Global Alliance for Tolerance was launched by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arab Emirates, at a special event held at the Italy pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. It was held on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance, celebrated on November 16, and as part of the Tolerance and Inclusion Week underway at the Universal Exhibition.
Urging the world to unite to reject all forms of hatred and intolerance, Sheikh Nahyan said in AD 50, when the country welcomes the world to the Expo, the UAE is ready to move towards the next 50 by sharing their experience as a peaceful and prosperous nation where more than 200 nationalities live in harmony. He said the UAE is also ready to seek a broader understanding from others of the universal power to work together for the good of all mankind.
Announcing that tolerance is “vital for human enrichment,” the minister said nations and organizations should show their commitment to promote this virtue.
Sheikh Nahyan added that the National Festival of Tolerance, an annual festival organized by the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence to celebrate Tolerance Day, shows that the UAE is interested in cooperating with all countries and organizations. to promote peaceful coexistence.
Today, the United Arab Emirates join the world in celebrating the International Day for Tolerance, as this year they have been keen to keep pace with this occasion through the National Festival of Tolerance at Expo 2020 Dubai, in conjunction with Tolerance and Inclusion Week. .
Miguel Angel Moratinos, senior representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, who also attended the launch, said the increase in hate speech and xenophobia across the world makes the global alliance important to eliminate all forms of extremism.
The launch was followed by an interfaith summit attended by spiritual leaders from all major faiths.
Eminent international leaders from the UN, the Vatican and Al Azhar Al Sharif, as well as leaders of different religions and prominent thinkers such as Dr Muhammad Al Duwaini, Al Azhar Deputy Grand Imam, Bishop Paul Hinder , Vicar Apostolic for South Arabia, Swami Brahmavirahidas, religious leader of BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi and Rabbi David Shlomo Rosen of the American Jewish Committee, among others, attended the summit.
Speakers agreed that the Global Tolerance Alliance can act as a platform that will empower individuals and organizations to make tolerance and peaceful coexistence an integral part of our lives.
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The alliance will provide the family of nations with the opportunity to establish a common platform to network and enjoy opportunities to learn, discover and appreciate the important relationship between them and their world. It will also become a hive of opportunities for shared reflection among nations on the fundamental values of tolerance and best practices for harmonious coexistence.
International festival activities will continue through November 20, including the Global Tolerance Choir, Global Youth Forum, Tolerance and Inclusivity Conference for Women’s Rights and Empowerment, and Zayed Trail of Tolerance.
The UAE was ranked among the top 20 countries in the world in eight competitiveness indices related to tolerance and coexistence in 2020.