To forge alliances against extremism and sectarianism, 1000 leaders and delegates from various fields including politics, religion and culture will assemble Dubai in November for the first-ever World Tolerance Summit. The summit will be held on November 15 and 16 corresponds to the International Day of Tolerance (November 16). The idea is put forward by the Dubai-based International Institute of Tolerance (IIT), one of the global initiatives of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum that vowed to promote the culture of tolerance to counteract the challenges of extremism and sectarianism. The prevalence of intolerance is the reason for some Middle East countries to remain in unrest said the officials of WTS and IIT during a press conference here on Monday. An official of WTS told the media that key personnel from the various spheres across the world have been invited to participate in the summit. ‘Prospering From Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration’ will be the theme for the first-ever World Tolerance Summit. Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and chairman of the board of trustees of IIT will attend the first day of the summit. ‘Tolerance is about adjusting, respecting and accepting diversity and one can respond to different cultures and beliefs with curiosity and compassion rather than fear and intolerance when it is learnt to be comfortable with once own culture and beliefs. One needs to be concerned about the welfare of the mankind to remain tolerant’, quoted Shaikh Nahyan.
To promote the global culture of tolerance several forums including the role of governments, schools, artists and social media influencers, with a strong focus on youth and women will be featured on the first day and the world figures who contributed to the advancement of tolerance will be awarded for their giving. A series of workshops that emphasize the values of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE’s founding father will be conducted on the second day.