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World Tolerance Summit 2019: Tolerance in Multiculturalism

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Jenna Kleinwort

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:35 GMT

The annual World Tolerance Summit is taking place for the 2nd time from 13th-14th November in Abu Dhabi under the theme "Tolerance in Multiculturalism". Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance of the UAE welcomed the gathering to the conference organised by the International Institute for Tolerance, part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation in Dubai, UAE.

Speaking on the second day, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan described the summit as “a global gathering of knowledge, dialogue and joint action to achieve good and prosperity for man everywhere.” He went on to emphasis that the “summit has become a natural extension of what the UAE is doing in the service of society and man in the world”.

“Everyone lives on our land without fear, hatred or intolerance,” Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said. “This insight into the present and future of the UAE was the starting point for globalism. The World Tolerance Summit deepens the positive and sincere dialogue to consolidate love, development and peace in the world,” he added.

During the Summit, the Minister of Tolerance unveiled a commemorative stamp issued by #EmiratesPost, in collaboration with the Supreme National Committee for the Year of Tolerance.

The first discussion on the 2nd day of the conference revolved around the importance of living and thriving in a multicultural and multireligious world, where people are seen living together in harmony and prosperity, amid the violence and wars happening in the world today.

The President of Tatarstan Republic commented on the importance of cementing and preserving multicultural coexistence. “In the Republic of Tatarstan we have 4 million citizens living in peace and harmony, where the ethnic and nationalities of our country vary among 173 countries,” Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov, the president of the republic said.

“The main religion in the Republic of Tatarstan is Islam and we have the Christian Orthodox presence as well. We have had many difficult times in our country, but now we have 100,000 mosques and many Christian churches and we enjoy stability and peace,” he added.

In thanking the UAE’s for efforts in promoting tolerance and promoting rapprochement between religions and cultures around the world, he said, “I thank the leadership of the UAE and the organisers of the summit; we see this great gathering emphasise tolerance as a very important issue for all countries where there should be no difference, but common ground must be established.”

The President of the State Council in Colombia addressed the audience expressing that her country was undergoing a remarkable transition. “My country is undergoing a remarkable transition, said Lucy Jeannette Bermúdez Bermúdez, “Peace is important for our progress towards the future. Of course, there must be tolerance between the government and citizens.

“As human beings, human values are involved in mutual relations,” the President of the State Council said. “Colombia has different cultures and races and there are indigenous people, and we realise that we must live in freedom of belief and worship.

“As Gabriel Garcia Marquez once said, ‘We live in an abnormal state and we have characteristics that make us live together in our differences’. The evolution of the UAE and the inspiring state of tolerance in Colombia make us look forward to taking advantage of this experience and working to do the same, as the UAE is a role model,” Lucy Bermúdez said.

Guest speakers agreed through their discussions on the importance of working together as thinkers, leaders and influential figures to change negative prejudices that engulf certain religions and ethnicities around the world. They stressed the importance to work towards a more open, more transparent society where tolerance becomes a worldwide message across all people. 

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