World Tolerance Summit held in Dubai
The World Tolerance Summit 2018 was inaugurated on November 16 in Dubai, UAE. The theme of the summit was ‘Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration’.
The World Tolerance Summit (WTS) 2018 was inaugurated on November 16, 2018 in Dubai, UAE. The theme of the summit was ‘Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration’.
The two-summit is the biggest gathering of government leaders, ambassadors, change-makers and key figures from the public and private sectors. Over 2,000 ministers and government leaders from around the world are expected to participate in the event. It is being held in the UAE for the first time.
• The summit is being held to commemorate the UN-designated International Day of Tolerance. UNESCO had declared November 16 as World Tolerance Day.
• The interactive summit will engage international thought leaders, decision-makers, and influencers in thought-provoking discussions in technology, social innovations and global networking can play an important role in creating a conducive environment to bring about positive change in people’s lives.
• The main aim will be to discuss the great importance of tolerance, peace, equality, and to celebrate diversity amongst people from all walks of life, regardless of varying political views, cultural and religious backgrounds.
• Through a wide array of activities, it will delve deep into the ways by which individuals, organisations and nations can be open-minded, understanding and accepting of others’ opinions and beliefs in order to have a peaceful co-existence and cooperate in generating new ideas to build a prosperous and sustainable future.
The World Tolerance Summit aims:
• To be a platform that serves as a meeting ground for international leaders from various countries to discuss and educate on the topic of cultural diversity, peace, and coexistence
• To promote an understanding of peaceful coexistence, cooperation, and harmony, while rejecting violence, extremism, hate, fanaticism, and discrimination
• To provide an innovative and creative solution to spreading awareness of tolerance to the Youth
• To make the best use of technology and social innovation for society’s prosperity
• To promote education about the active implementation of tolerance in one’s daily lifestyle.
• To emphasise and affirm the universal right for all to adhere qualities of tolerance in society.
• To encourage Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities among local and international institutions.
• To address key messages on women empowerment and gender equality for tolerant societies
• To send UAE’s message of tolerance, peace, and love to the world
Education and knowledge are the keys to inculcate deep values of peace, harmony, tolerance for diversity and to enhance the social fabric of the community.
Hence, the summit will play a crucial role in promoting tolerance and diversity which is the cue to peaceful co-existence between communities and regions.
It will also help discover how technology can empower societies to unify people from different religions, creeds, class and colour and develop innovative ways to share positive messages to create cohesive and vibrant societies.
The International Day for Tolerance was observed globally on November 16, 2018.
The UN General Assembly through a resolution in 1996 invited the UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on November 16, 2018.
The move followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.
To mark the day, the United Nations has launched a new campaign to promote tolerance, respect and dignity across the world.
The global campaign, “TOGETHER” aims to reduce negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities and refugees and migrants.
UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
• UNESCO created ‘UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize’ for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence in 1995, to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi,
• The prize rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.
• It is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, November 16.
• It may be awarded to institutions, organisations or persons, who have contributed in a particularly meritorious and effective manner to tolerance and non-violence.
• The 2018 winners are social entrepreneur and filmmaker Manon Barbeau (Canada) and the Coexist Initiative, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women (Kenya).