1st World Tolerance Summit – Dubai – UAE

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1st World Tolerance Summit – Dubai – UAE (15th – 16th November 2018) 

In a first ever unique gathering of global leaders coming together for Tolerance, Peace, Understanding and Reconciliation – Ministry of Tolerance – UAE is organising 1st World Tolerance Summit starting from tomorrow 15th November 2018.

Haji Syed Salman Chishty – Gaddi Nashin – Dargah Ajmer Sharif and Chairman of Chishty Foundation shall be representing Ajmer Sharif India at the prestigious World Summit and will sharing His remarks based on blessed  life and teachings of 11th Century great Sufi Saint Hazret Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty (ra) populerly known as Hazret Khawaja Gharib Nawaz(ra) among millions of masses across South Asia and blessed principles of “Love towards All, Malice towards None” and practically serving the whole of humanity with Unconditional Love.

The World Tolerance Summit is the biggest gathering of government leaders, key figures from the public and private sectors, peacekeeping ambassadors and change-makers from around the world who aim 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.

WTS 2018 will take place in Dubai, a melting pot of many expatriates from around the world, and is held in line with the International Day for Tolerance in November as declared by the United Nations.

The 2-day 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.

Through a wide array of activities, it will delve deep into the ways by which individuals, organizations 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.

This limelight event is a reflection of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to convey the UAE’s message of love and tolerance 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. WTS will play a crucial role in promoting tolerance and diversity which is the cue to peaceful co-existence between communities and regions.

WTS will play a crucial role in promoting tolerance and diversity which is cue to peaceful coexistence between communities and regions. Discover how technology can empower societies to unify people from different religions, creeds, class & color. Develop innovative ways to share positive messages to create cohesive and vibrant societies.

The Summit aims to address pertinent challenges faced by countries and its people, today. It will feature high-level keynote speeches, discussions, and interviews with experts and religious figures from around the world who will share examples of good practices and policies .

Speakers List 

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan 

UAE Minister of Tolerance

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Tolerance

Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud

Secretary General and Member of the Board of Trustees

Alwaleed Philanthropies, Saudi Arabia

H.E. Dr. Amal Abdulla Al Qubaisi 


Federal National Council (FNC), United Arab Emirates

H.E. Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani 

Secretary General

Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Saudi Arabia

H.E. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi 

Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office

United Arab Emirates

Adama Dieng 

Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention

United Nations, United States of America

H.E. Amre Moussa 

Former Secretary General, Arab League

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

H.E Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah 

Chairman of Emirates Fatwas Council

President, Forum for Promoting Peace, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Haji Syed Salman Chishty 

Gaddi Nashi – Dargah Ajmer Sharif

Chairman – Chishty Foundation


Brigadier General Mohammed Ali Al Shehhi 

Director of Human Rights Department

Ministry of Interior, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid 

Member, Board of Directors, Center for Strategic Development, Ministry of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia

Former Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Saleh bin Sulaiman bin Abdul Rahman Al- Wohaibi 


World Assembly of Muslim Youth, Saudi Arabia

H.E. Ms. Hoda Al-Helaissi 

Member, Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council

Former Vice-Chairperson, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Suhail Ghazi Algosaibi 

Founder and Chairman of Board of Trustees

Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue, Kingdom of Bahrain

H.E. Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar 

Secretary General

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Austria

Nina Kowalewska-Motlik 

Chief Executive Officer

New Communications, Poland

H.E. Martin Chungong 

Secretary General

Inter-Parliamentary Union, Switzerland

Dr. Nouf A. ALGhamdi 

President & Founder

Chief Outsiders Consulting Group, Saudi Arabia

The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr. 

Executive Director

United Religions Initiative (URI), United States of America

H.E. Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi 

President and CEO

Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Abubakr Ahmed 

Founder & Chancellor, Jamia Markaz, India

Chairman, Sheikh Zayed International Peace Conference

Maria Lucia Uribe 


Arigatou International, Switzerland

James P. Flynn 

International President

Global Peace Foundation, United States of America

Kulwant Singh 

Founder / Managing Director

LAMA Group, United Arab Emirates

Imane Lahrache 

News Presenter

Sky News Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Aziz Hasanović 


Meshihat (Mufti) of Islamic Community, Republic of Croatia

H.E. Maqsoud Kruse 

Executive Director

Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan 


King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND), Saudi Arabia

Dr. Malek Yamani 

General Manager, Yamconi

James Patton 

President and CEO

International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, United States of America

Prof. Salvatore Martinez 

President Vatican Foundation

International Center for the Family

Maysoun Ramadan 

Head of Communications and Public Affairs Middle East

Roche Diagnostics Middle East FZCO

Surender Singh Kandhari 


Al Dobowi Dubai UAE , Eternity Technologies RAK UAE, GuruNanak Darbar Gurudwara Dubai

H.E. Dr. Akima Umezawa 


Consulate-General of Japan in Dubai

Effenus Henderson 

Co-Founder and Co-Director

The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI), United States of America

Fr. Professor Fadi Daou 

Chairperson & CEO

Adyan: Foundation for Diversity, Solidarity and Human Dignity, Lebanon

Ebrahim Al Tamini 


Bahrain Program for Excellence & Best Practices, Kingdom of Bahrain

Victor Ochen 

Founder and Executive Director

African Youth Initiative Network, Uganda

Dr. Noura S. Al Mazrouei 

Assistant Professor

Emirates Diplomatic Academy, United Arab Emirates

Omar Habtoor Al Darei 

Executive Director of Islamic Affairs

General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment, United Arab Emirates

Abdulla Mahmood AL Zarooni 

Head of Personal Status Settlement Section

Dubai Courts, United Arab Emirates

Mohamed Jalal Alrayssi 

Executive Director

Emirates News Agency, United Arab Emirates

Ambassador Dr. Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin 

Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Human Rights and International Humanitarian and Social Affairs

Arab Republic of Egypt

Dr. Khaled Salah Hanafi Mahmoud 

Assistant Professor of Pedagogy

Alexandria University, Egypt

Dr. Shebl Badran 

Former Dean of The Faculty Education

Alexandria University, Egypt

Dr. Nedal Al Tenaiji 

Member of Federal National Council

General Director of Zayed House for Islamic Culture, United Arab Emirates

Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed Mohamed 


Emirates Association for Human Rights (EHRA), United Arab Emirates

Summit’s agenda

Outlining the summit’s agenda, Al Suwaidi said the event will beging with a panel involving tolerance leaders who will highlight the ways to spread the message of tolerance, with a focus on the role of world leaders in spreading and promoting the principles of peace and happiness within communities.

The session, moderated by Iman Lahrash from Sky News Arabia, will involve HE Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al Saud is the Secretary General and member of the Board of Trustees at Alwaleed Philanthropies. The session also involves HE Dr. Abdul Latif Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Kasymzhomart Tokayev, Senate Chairman and Head of the Secretariate of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Ambassador Dr Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Human Rights and International Humanitarian and Social Issues, and Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide.

The second session, moderated by Akima Umezawa, Consul General of Japan in Dubai, will focus on the role of governments in promoting tolerance, peaceful coexistence and diversity. It will see the participation of Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing and Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office, Amr Moussa, fromer Egyptian Foreign Minister and former Secretary General of Arab League, former Egyptian Foreign Minister, and James Flynn, International President of the Global Peace Foundation in the United States, Dr Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain-based King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence, HE Faisal bin Abdul Rahman bin Muaammar, founding Secretary General of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, and Professor Salvatore  Martinez, founder and Chairman of the Vatican Foundation International Center Family.

The third session, titled “Joint efforts of international organizations and regional and local institutions to promote human solidarity and address issues of tolerance, fanaticism and discrimination’, will be presented by priest Victor Kasangian Junior, Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative in the US. It brings together Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the IPU in Switzerland,  Sheikh Abdulllah bin Bayyah, Chairman of the Emirates Fatwa Council,  and James Patton, President and CEO of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in the US.

Also participating in the session are Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (Hedayah), Abulfas Garayev, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture, and Dr Aziz Hasanovic, Mufti and President of the Meshihat of Islamic Community in Croatia.

The fourth session titled ‘Social Media and Promoting Positive Messages on Tolerance and Respect for Diversity’, will see the participation of Ibrahim Al Tamimi, Director of the Bahrain Centre for Government Excellence; Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Fawzan, Secretary-General of King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue in Saudi Arabia, and Nina Kowalewska-Motlik, CEO of New Communications in Poland.  The speakers will discuss the impact of social media and corporate policies in addressing hate speech and promoting tolerance, as well as highlighting successful initiatives to promote a culture of tolerance.

Moderated by by Dr. Nouf Ali Al Ghamdi, CEO and Founder of the Chief Outsiders Consulting Group in Saudi Arabia, the sixth session will focus on the role of companies and institutions in creating a culture that promotes tolerance and peace by discussing the challenges of managing the multi-national business environment and the reasons for failure to instill tolerance among its employees.

Speakers will include Effenus Henderson, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion, USA, Kulwant Singh, Founder and Managing Director of LAMA Group in the UAE, and Surender Singh Kandhari, Chairman of Al Dobowi Group in Dubai. They will discuss how organisations can harness technology in creating an ideal work environment.

Responsibility of educational institutions

The first day of the summit will conclude with a session dedicated to discussing the responsibility of educational institutions in inculcating the principle of tolerance in the youth of today . It  will be chaired by Suhail Ghazi Algosaibi, Founder and Chairman of the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue, with panelists Saleh Al Wahaibi, Secretary-General of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Malik Yamani, General Manager, YAMCONI, Victor Ochen, Founder and Director of the African Youth Initiative Network, Maria Lucia Uribe, Director of Arigatou International in Switzerland, Sheikh Abubakr Ahmed, Founder and Chancellor, Jamia Markaz in India and Chairman of Sheikh Zayed International Peace Conference. The speakers will highlight the importance of education in spreading tolerance among young people.


Day two of the summit will have six workshops, the first of which is themed “A Tolerant Country: Happy Society” by Abdullah Al Zarooni, Head of the Personal Status Settlement Section at Dubai Courts. Other workshops are “The Youth of Today: the Leaders of Tomorrow”, “Using Arts and Sports in Promoting Tolerance”, “In the Footsteps of Sheikh Zayed’, “Women Empowerment in the Development of Country”, and “Understanding and Learning the Science Behind Tolerance”.

Dawood Al Shezawi, Head of the Organising Committee of the summit, said; “The two-day event will discuss mechanisms on how to counter the hate speech and extremism, and ensure the primacy of the language of dialogue and tolerance over that’s of intolerance and exclusion.

He expressed his hope that the summit would yield positive results, and that the participants will seek to make recommendations that help promote a culture of dialogue among peoples, and come up with positive resolutions that satisfy the aspirations of nations and strengthen relationships, and open dialogue among civilizations on solid scientific grounds.

Al Shezawi highlighted the importance of the gathering or more than 1000 personalities under one roof, saying they will no doubt find points of convergence that support the concept of world peace and respect for human rights in compliance with a regulated legal framework.

Al Shezawi said the institute, which falls under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, will sign a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with several local and international organizations, on the sidelines of the summit. The MoUs aim to strengthen frameworks for cooperation in social, cultural and research fields. The memos will be signed with the Emirates Human Rights Association, Higher Colleges of Technology, the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence in Bahrain, the Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation and Civil Discourse,  and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue.

Al Shezawi revealed that the institute will also sign a cooperation agreement with the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. He also spoke about the Awards for Tolerance, which will be given to a number of figures in recognition of the outstanding achievements they made within their humanitarian surroundings to promote the values of peace and constructive dialogue. The champions of tolerance will be honoured for their efforts in encouraging community members to follow suit.

1, 500 high-profile figures hosted at summit

The summit will host more than 1, 500 high-profile figures, including government leaders, peacebuilding experts, academia, professionals and social media influencers, as well as representatives of the international diplomatic community and international and local organizations, and key figures from the public and private sectors.

They will share their insights on policies and ways to promote the values of tolerance, multiculturalism and acceptance of others to build a world of tolerance in a multicultural society.

With Inputs from : http://www.worldtolerancesummit.com

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