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Sheikh Mohammed outlines 7 pillars for Year of Tolerance
December 17, 2018, 4:12 pm
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A Supreme National Committee for Tolerance has been established in the UAE, in response to the directives of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to celebrate 2019 as the Year of Tolerance.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, directed the formation of the committee that will be chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It will have ministers and representatives from the UAE civil society organisations as its members.

"We want the UAE to be the global reference point for a tolerant culture, via its policies, laws and practices," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.

"Tolerance increases strength and resilience, and helps establish a global, cohesive society."

The committee's mission during the Year of Tolerance is to consolidate values of tolerance within the UAE community, and spread "this unique model to our global neighbours", Sheikh Mohammed explained.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid urged the members of the committee to work on a comprehensive framework for the Year of Tolerance, formulating a strategy to serve the main objectives behind the year, and to monitor the implementation of the strategy, "ensuring that its seven pillars are applied across programmes and initiatives on local, regional and global levels".

He also directed the committee to develop a plan of action in partner with all segments of society, using innovative initiatives that will have a direct, positive impact on the UAE community as a whole. He also called for the formation of local committees in coordination with the relevant authorities across each of the Emirates, within a framework bringing together local and federal efforts towards attaining the primary objectives behind the Year of Tolerance.

The committee

>Chairman: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

>Members:

> Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance

> Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

> Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation

> Hessa Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development

> Jameela Al Muheiri, Minister of State for Public Education

> Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council

> Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing

> Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs

> Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State

> Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the World Council of Muslim Communities

> Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Media Company

> Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the International Institute for Tolerance

> Dr. Sultan Faisal Al Rumaithi, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders

> Yasser Hareb, Emirati writer and media personality

> Sunny Varkey, Founder of GEMS Education and Varkey Foundation

> Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation

> Dr Najat Makki, Emirati Conceptual Artist

> Representatives from executive boards within the country

The seven pillars of #YearOfTolerance

> Tolerance in community

The first pillar aims to promote the values of tolerance within family members, and to consolidate them among different cultures, activating the role of UAE community centres across the country to promote tolerant, cohesive societies.

> Tolerance in education

This pillar's objective is to solidify teachings behind the values of tolerance within the education systems - across schools and universities - within the country.

> Tolerance at the workplace

The third pillar's focus is on creating a safe, tolerant, and cohesive workplace across public and private sector institutions and organisations, via educational progams highlighting equal opportunities for all.

> Tolerance and culture

The promotion of cultural tolerance is the main objective, via the launch of various events and programmes celebrating more than 200 nationalities residing in the country, and enhancing interactions between them through the arts and culture sector.

> UAE model of tolerance

This pillar seeks to solidify the UAE as the global capital for tolerance, via a series of initiatives and projects specialised in tolerance and dialogue between various cultures and civilisations.

> Tolerance in legislation

The sixth pillar will see the Supreme National Committee for Tolerance work on developing policy, legislation and executive regulations guaranteeing the sustainability of values and lessons behind tolerance, dialogue, and cohesion among cultures, including a law on multiculturalism.

> Tolerance in the media

The media is one of the most important axes in disseminating tolerance and coexistence values via targeted media campaigns and projects, as well as promoting the UAE model of tolerance across media channels and social networking sites.

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