UAE has just embarked on what the world would remember as the planet’s first formal ‘tolerance charter’. This was declared by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, while speaking at an event organised by Government of Dubai Media Office. The purpose of the charter is to spread tolerance, peace and coexistence.
The Tolerance Charter will aim to portray and promote the true essence of Islam. Sheikha Lubna stressed on the need to accommodate positive thinking in order to successfully combat and eradicate bigotry, racism and extremism.
In June this year, the UAE cabinet had launched the National Tolerance Programme as part of the UAE 2021 Vision, which was launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2010.
International conventions, common human values, the UAE Constitution, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s vision and the teachings of Islam are to be the driving forces behind the tolerance programme.
The National Tolerance Programme will be implemented through a five-pronged approach that shall include — “strengthening the government’s role as an ‘incubator’ for tolerance; consolidating the family’s role in nation building; promoting tolerance among youth and steering them away from extremism; enriching scientific and cultural content; and integrating international efforts to promote tolerance.”
Under the National Tolerance Programme, a Council of Tolerance has been set up to develop policies that will help UAE to cooperate with local, regional and intentional players to promote the message of tolerance. Besides, there will also be a Tolerance Responsibility Programme, which shall encourage organisations to espouse the ideals of tolerance.
Steps such as the ‘Tolerance Charter’ herald the mark of a new dawn in human history, and give hope for a future that is inclusive, peaceful and progressive. UAE has once again demonstrated its penchant for a unified global community.
We at Aurum Real Estate believe that the “Tolerance Charter’ will have a positive overall impact and further boost the image of UAE as a vibrant place to live, work and invest.
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