Today, the world is celebrating - for the first time - the International Day of Human Fraternity, after the United Nations (UN) proclaimed 4th February as an international day for human fraternity, upon an initiative presented by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt.
This occasion is a historic achievement underscoring the UAE’s efforts and initiatives to promote dialogue on coexistence and human fraternity on a global scale. This report will highlight the key milestones of this journey.
Ministry of Tolerance In the last decade, the UAE has prioritized the establishment of authorities that aim to promote the values of moderation, tolerance, respect, peace, and coexistence, most notably the Ministry of Tolerance, which seeks to draft a roadmap for promoting tolerance as a national value from the UAE to the entire world.
Globally, the ministry has exerted significant international efforts through a range of activities and initiatives, including a forum that discussed the outline of the country’s global strategic strategy to promote tolerance worldwide and raise awareness of the values of peaceful coexistence and international cooperation.
Human Fraternity In February 2019, the UAE hosted the Global Conference of Human Fraternity, which aimed to promote international dialogue on coexistence and fraternity, address intellectual extremism and establish new rules for interfaith relations on respecting differences.
The conference coincided with Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, to the UAE.
The conference produced the Human Fraternity Document to promote global peace and coexistence, which Pope Francis and Dr. el-Tayeb signed. The document called for the launch of several initiatives that will consolidate the values of interfaith tolerance and coexistence, most notably the Abrahamic Family House project in Al Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, to be inaugurated in 2022. The project is an interfaith complex comprising a mosque, a church, and a synagogue.
Zayed Award for Human Fraternity In 2019, the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity, one of the Human Fraternity Document outcomes, was announced. The award celebrates individuals and institutions working to promote the values of peace and coexistence and build bridges of cultural interaction, who have launched successful and influential initiatives to bring communities together in the long-term.
The award aims to continue the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The Higher Committee for Human Fraternity plans to announce the award’s winners tomorrow on Thursday, 4th February, coinciding with the first edition of the International Day of Human Fraternity.