The International Institute for Tolerance part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has announced the launch of the ‘World Tolerance Summit’, a two-day conference to be held at the Armani Hotel, Dubai, from November 15th-16th, 2018, to coincide with the International Day of Tolerance on November 16th.
With its theme, “Prospering From Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration”, the summit will host the biggest gathering of 1,000 government leaders, key personalities from the private and public sectors, youth representatives, social leaders, social influencers, and the international diplomatic community in a platform that seeks innovative solutions and to forge fruitful partnerships that will help promote respect for diversity and productive pluralism.
Among other panels, The first day of the WTS will conclude with a summit on Youth of Today which will be chaired by Suhail Ghazi Algosaibi, Founder and Chairman of the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue, with panelists Saleh Al Wahaibi, Secretary-General of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Malik Yamani, General Manager, YAMCONI, Victor Ochen, Founder and Director of the African Youth Initiative Network, Maria Lucia Uribe, Director of Arigatou International in Switzerland, Sheikh Abubakr Ahmed, Founder and Chancellor, Jamia Markaz in India and Chairman of Sheikh Zayed International Peace Conference. The 40-minute session will highlight the importance of education in spreading tolerance among young people.
Under the Patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai
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Online child sexual abuse and exploitation is a major challenge depriving children of their right to dignity in the digital world. While governments, international organizations, NGOs and the technology industry have under taken multiple initiatives, faith leaders have not been effectively involved in combating this problem despite their influence and reach across their communities.
On 20th November, the world will celebrate Universal Children’s day. To mark this occasion, the United Arab Emirates, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is organizing the ‘Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities: Child Dignity Online’. The goal of this event is to encourage collaboration and dialogue, and to mobilize religious leaders and faith-based organizations in combating this menace.
The Interfaith Alliance arose from a pioneering congress – Child Dignity in the Digital Age – and the resulting Declaration of Rome of October 2017 which was accepted and endorsed by Pope Francis. It was during this congress that the Government of the United Arab Emirates highlighted its commitment to further progressing inter-faith dialogue and action, which has resulted in this year’s forum: “Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities: Child Dignity Online.
The forum has three key goals:
- To reach, inform and involve people of faith around the world
- To create dialogue on these challenges in every place of worship
- To mobilise global action by people of every faith.
Approximately 400 of the world’s religious leaders will be in attendance at the forum, including a number of senior faith leaders.
This year’s forum is organised by the Government of the United Arab Emirates and supported by the Child Dignity Alliance, Arigatou International, Religions for Peace, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Global Network of Religions for Children and WePROTECT.
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The UN Environment Assembly will gather for its 4th session during 11th-15th March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The session's main theme is "Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production".
Major Groups and Stakeholders are genuine partners in charting the way for UN Environment and contributing to its decisions and resolutions, as well as its Medium Term Strategy and programme of work. When implementing its Programme of Work, UN Environment relies on implementing and executing partners from Major Groups and stakeholders, relying on their expertise, capacity building and outreach abilities and regional, national and local presence. Currently, 10 Faith-based Organizations are accredited to the UN Environment Assembly. If you are interested in applying please follow this link to find out more about the guidelines for accreditation.
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