The UAE Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence actively participated in the second edition of the ‘Emerging Peacemakers Forum’ held in Geneva, Switzerland. The forum, which took place from July 6th to 14th, was organized in collaboration between the Muslim Council of Elders, the World Council of Churches, and the Rose Castle Foundation.
Led by Afra Al Sabri, Director General of the Ministry, a delegation from the UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence attended the forum. Al Sabri delivered a lecture to the participants, conveying the greetings and support of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence.
During her speech, Al Sabri highlighted the collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence and the Muslim Council of Elders in implementing various programs and initiatives aimed at promoting tolerance and human fraternity among young people. She emphasized the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, who prioritized the values of tolerance, peace, and acceptance.
Al Sabri also commended the UAE’s leadership for upholding these values, fostering a harmonious environment where Emiratis coexist with over 200 nationalities based on love and mutual respect. She cited the UAE’s cultural openness and the Abrahamic Family House as examples of the country’s commitment to diversity and respect for different religions.
Addressing the issue of hate speech, Al Sabri attributed it to a lack of respect and acceptance of others, emphasizing the importance of promoting dialogue and understanding.
Expressing gratitude, Al Sabri thanked Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, for his dedicated efforts in promoting dialogue and human fraternity. She expressed pride in the strategic partnership between the Muslim Council of Elders and the UAE’s Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, emphasizing their shared commitment to creating a more tolerant and inclusive society.
The second edition of the Emerging Peacemakers Forum brought together 50 young men and women from diverse backgrounds. Organized by the Muslim Council of Elders, chaired by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, in collaboration with the World Council of Churches and the Rose Castle Foundation, the forum provided a platform for fostering peace, dialogue, and understanding among global youth.