Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday directed the formation of the Supreme National Committee for Tolerance.
The move follows the decision by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to declare 2019 as the Year of Tolerance.
State news agency WAM said the newly formed committee will be chaired by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and will have ministers and representatives from 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," said Sheikh Mohammed in comments published by WAM, adding that tolerance increases strength and resilience, and helps establish a global, cohesive society.
The Supreme National Committee for Tolerance's mission during the Year of Tolerance is to consolidate values of tolerance within the UAE community, and spread the model to our global neighbours, he said.
Committee members include 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; and Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State.
It also includes 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, and Dr Najat Makki, Emirati conceptual artist.
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.
He also directed the committee to develop a plan of action in partnership all segments of society, using innovative initiatives that will have a direct, positive impact on the UAE community as a whole.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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