The second World Tolerance Summit (WTS), one of the initiatives of the International Institute for Tolerance (IIT) will be hosted by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the IIT, at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on November 13th and 14th, 2019, under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Initiatives, top officials announced on Sunday, November 10th as reported by Emirates News Agency WAM.
During a press conference held on Sunday, at the Jumeirah Mina A'Salam Hotel in Dubai, the organising committee of the summit revealed the details of the event, which will be organised under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
Rustem Nurgalevich Menekhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, Mara Cristina Gabrielli, Federal Senator of Brazil, Dr Lucy Janet Bermudez, President of the State Council of Colombia, and other dignitaries will attend the two-day event, operating under the theme ‘Tolerance in Multiculturalism: Achieving the Social, Economic and Humane Benefits of a Tolerant World’.
Other senior officials, specialists, influencers, and local educational institutions will also attend the summit, to be chaired by Sheikh Al Nahyan, the organising committee said.
The UAE adopts values of tolerance in word and deed, and considers it to be the basis of peace and harmony prevailing in the country, as envisioned by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, according to Dr Hamad Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the International Institute for Tolerance, and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee for the summit.
"The event will be a leading platform for government leaders, peace experts and academics to meet and discuss ways of promoting tolerance in multiculturalism, and how to tackle the challenges it faces and to instil a culture of dialogue by all possible means to support international efforts for world peace and stability," Al Shaibani said.
The summit will include many sessions and workshops on different topics such as gender equality, inculcating community peace and harmony within societies, tolerance and sustainability, developing a comprehensive business strategy, issues of youth, women and people of determination and the role of the media in spreading the message of tolerance.
Speakers from different countries will participate in the sessions that are modelled on TEDx talks.
These sessions will bring together ministers, ambassadors and thinkers on a shared platform. It also will be a good occasion to facilitate interaction between decision-makers in governmental and non-governmental organisations and peace experts to promote tolerance initiatives worldwide.
Sultan Butti bin Majren, Deputy Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of the WTS, said that the summit was a precious addition to the series of initiatives in Dubai thanks to the wise vision of Sheikh Al Maktoum, who has always been unique in launching quality initiatives that the world has never seen before.
The summit is a good opportunity to discuss the latest developments taking place in the world with top officials, experts and influential leaders, in order to reach solutions that support open dialogue to prevent violence in society, Dawood Al Shezawi, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the WTS said.
Al Shezawi focused on the agenda of events and activities that will be held during the two days of the summit, which includes a unique digital library showcasing more than 80 books, youth projects, a tolerance exhibition for government departments, and an art and photography exhibition organised in cooperation with National Geographic Channel Abu Dhabi.
The summit will see 36 student projects from 16 participating local and international universities, including Higher Colleges of Technology, the American University of Dubai, Sharjah, Zayed University, Al Ghurair University, Fujairah University and the University of the Sorbonne, he said and that participation of more than 1,000 students was expected during the two-day event.
He said that the summit provided more than 35 government agencies and institutions with an opportunity to highlight tolerance initiatives that promote the values of tolerance, justice and equality in their respective departments.
In addition, the summit will include workshops led by Dr Mariam Alhashmi Assistant Professor at the College of Education, Zayed University, and Dr Naved Bakali, Assistant Professor at the College of Education at the American University in Dubai.
Dr Wajeeha Al Baharna, Vice-President of the Bahrain Women's Society for Human Development in the Kingdom of Bahrain, will present a workshop on ways to promote values of tolerance in society and how to enable young people to practise and adopt tolerance.
The list of strategic partners and sponsors of the summit includes the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Tolerance, the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the Dubai Police, the Department of Community Development Abu Dhabi, Strategic Exhibitions and Conferences, Emirates Real Estate Solutions and media partners such as the MBC Group, Tik Tok, Channel 4, Pulse, NABD, EuroNews, Sayidaty, Smashi TV and Al Shawati magazine.