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UAE’s human touch shines in fight against Covid-19

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on February 7, 2021

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Global Conference of Human Fraternity hails country's role in upholding co-existence and universal brotherhood.

The UAE government is giving its top priority to the moral and humanitarian aspects in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic because the world needs solidarity more than ever to win over the contagion challenge, according to an official.

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This was the key takeaway of the Global Conference of Human Fraternity, which concluded in Abu Dhabi last Friday.

Afra Al Sabri, Director-General, UAE Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, made a presentation at a session entitled “Human Fraternity at the time of Coronavirus: Difficult ethical questions and the UAE’s answer”, where she hailed the initiatives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to combat the viral outbreak.

She said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan embodied moral and humanitarian aspects of the pandemic and also explained his unstinted support for the Emiratis and UAE residents alike amid the unprecedented healthcare crisis.

“The UAE has emerged as an active and influential player in the re-consideration of the role of ethics in international relations,” she said.

“The Covid-19 pandemic shows that we need a new beginning,” she said.

UAE shows the way

Wedad Ahmed Buhumaid, Vice-President of the Emirates Human Rights Association, said the UAE would rank among the leading nations to spread the culture of tolerance, co-existence and universal brotherhood because of its innate belief in the contributions of each and each human being to make this world a better place to live in.

Buhumaid cited the UAE’s stellar role while addressing a session on gender equality and empowerment of women.

He said: “The UAE’s contribution to support the human brotherhood was not just a luxury. It’s all about leadership, as it deeply respects the fundamental rights of others, renunciation of violence and all forms of religious intolerance.”

He added: “Whenever we speak of women’s rights, we always refer to the Mother of the Nation, which has been instituted in the name of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, the wife of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. She provides unstinted support for women from all walks of life.”

Irina Bokova, a member of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity and a former Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), also spoke on the occasion. She emphasised that sustainable development is listed in the United Nations’ (UN) 2030 agenda, which includes gender equality as a fundamental goal.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.





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