Lubna Al Qasimi heads first meeting of International Institute for Tolerance

ABU DHABI — Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Tolerance, stressed the pioneering role of the UAE represented by its wise leadership, the government and the people on the international arena to promote the values of tolerance and peace, and translate the aspirations of all its people, who live together in harmony on this land of goodwill and brotherhood.

In her capacity as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Institute, Sheikha Lubna inaugurated the meeting. It was held recently at the Union Museum in Dubai with words of appreciation for Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has issued Decree No. (23) of 2017 establishing the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Tolerance under the chairmanship of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi and membership of Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness; Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs; Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs; Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qasim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue; Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai; Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Director-General of the Dubai Land Department; Turki bin Abdullah Aldakhil, General Manager of Al Arabiya Television News Network; Mazen Jubran Hayek, MBC Group’s official Spokesperson; Gerald Francis Lawless, Head of Tourism and Hospitality at Dubai Holding; Ahmed Ismail Al Abbas, Director of the Department of Strategic and Economic Policies at the Ministry of Cabinet and Future Affairs; Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS Education, and Avishesha Bhojani, Group Chief Executive Officer of BPG Group.

During the meeting, Sheikha Lubna emphasised the importance of tolerance for sustainable institutional work. She also stressed the importance of converging and coordinating efforts with relevant authorities to endorse these values locally, regionally and globally. The forum addressed the strategy adopted by the Institute and its ambitious vision to become an international house of expertise where policies are rationalised and values of tolerance and coexistence are consolidated.

It also explored the possibility of creating new policies that contribute to the incorporation of tolerance, love, brotherhood, and friendship, and encourages continuous cross-cultural and religious dialogue, while seeking practical solutions to the challenges facing the world today.

The participants discussed the overall picture of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Tolerance in terms of objectives, categories, target audience and procedures. They also deliberated the initiatives of the Institute to be carried out in the coming period. This includes organising an annual international conference in collaboration with the Secretariat of the United Nations, exemplifying the UAE’s model for tolerance at Expo 2020, and promoting the values of tolerance among young generations, mainly through modern communication and social networking platforms.

These efforts shall be put in place to rationalise the policies aimed at achieving co-existence, raising awareness on tolerance-related issues, and exploring the root causes of fanaticism and sectarianism, while developing appropriate solutions to address them.

Source: Emirates News Agency