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UAE signs MoU for cultural cooperation with Vietnam

DUBAI, 3rd January, 2022 (WAM) — The UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, for cooperation in culture encompassing antiquities, heritage, arts and libraries.

The two countries have agreed to support cultural and creative industries and talented people, exchange knowledge, encourage a better understanding of each other’s culture, and activate cultural dialogue and meetings to foster a greater national identity among each other’s peoples.

Mubarak Al Nakhi, Under-Secretary of the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, and Ta Quang Dong, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, signed the MoU.

The MoU lays firm foundations for sharing experiences, information and expertise in the fields of culture, including antiquities, heritage, arts, libraries, cultural and creative industries and the study of each other’s culture, language, literature, arts and heritage. It also fosters cooperation between libraries and participation in cultural and artistic activities and events in the two countries.

Al Nakhi stressed the importance of cultural convergence between different people and promoting dialogue.

He emphasised the importance of the cultural and creative industries and how they should be a national priority in economic development.

He reiterated that this is the best time to explore cooperation in the creative economy and establish common platforms and initiatives to explore investment opportunities in these promising sectors. This would lead to stronger ties between the two countries in the cultural and creative fields and bolster the policies and regulations to promote creative industries.

Through the MoU, the two sides seek to exchange experiences to facilitate the implementation of international agreements under inter-governmental agencies such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and other international conventions related to antiquities, heritage, arts and libraries, cultural and creative industries and support for talented people.

The two parties called on specialists, scholars, experts and researchers related to antiquities, heritage, arts and libraries, to exchange experiences in implementing plans and taking measures through competent national institutions, inter-governmental agencies and organisations.

The MoU calls for a need to strengthen cooperation between competent authorities to raise awareness about each other’s national identity and culture and heritage and arts by organising visits of cultural officials, writers and intellectuals between the two countries. It also encourages an exchange of books and publications, participation in activities and events related to antiquities, heritage, arts and libraries.

The two countries will also seek to protect intellectual property rights. They also agreed to host cultural events, facilitate public participation in such events and cooperate in the sustainability of cultural and creative industries.

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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Inaugurates ‘Children’s Well-being in a Digital World’ Conference

ABU DHABI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, today inaugurated the “Children's Well-being in a Digital World” International Conference, organised by Emirates Safer Internet Society (eSafe) in Abu Dhabi.

The conference coincides with the Safer Internet Day 2023, marked annually on 9th February.

In attendance were over 250 participants from government entities, international and national non-government organisations, academia, tech industry and school and college students.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak presented the newly introduced eSafe Child Online Protection Award 2022 to ten schools for their commendable work in driving digital safety measures – policies, awareness raising and data protection initiatives – in their respective educational institutions.

In his keynote speech, Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, UAE Government, said that the first line of defence for cyber safety is the awareness of parents, guardians, and the family about online risks which they must periodically share with their children.

A very informed panel represented by Dr. Bushra Al Mulla, Director General – Family Care Authority; Dr Ibrahim Al Dabal, CEO – AQDAR; Lt. Col. Abdulrahman Al Tamimi, Director – Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre; Saji Thomas, Chief Child Protection-UNICEF Gulf Area etc. were in attendance.

The UAE student community was proudly represented by Hour Almadhaani from Khalifa University and Zoya Ahmed from Ambassador School Sharjah who were successful winners of a competition organised on student awareness on issues concerning online safety prior to the conference.

The inclusive conference was organised under three thematic streams: Safety of Children in the Digital World; Children and Families Well-Being in the Digital World; and Role of civic engagement and partnerships in promoting digital well-being.

The conference debates were focused around wellbeing issues that really mattered to children and young people, safety issues that impacted children and young people, how families and parents could contribute to their children’s well-being, and how could we all work together to advocate for them moving forward.

Dr. Al Mulla said, “We must think of ways to responsibly employ the tools and channels of the digital world at all levels of institutions for families and children. Our children form the centre of the family and society, and today are more in need than ever of our guidance on the digital world. The Family Care Authority follows up on reported cases of bullying, extortion and threats to children through a number of specialists who in turn review the cases with the concerned authorities."

“The Authority pays great attention to the needs of children and proposes policies and procedures to make sure that individuals and families have access to the services they need to achieve stability. The Authority also cooperates with all its partners to ensure the quality of life of families in Abu Dhabi,” she added.

The conference panellists were in unison in resonating that proactive cooperation and collaboration amongst government, academia, technology companies, and families was key to addressing child online safety and well-being. A holistic approach and a synergised response was the way forward to protect children from online risks and potential harm and thereby contributing to their physical, social emotional well-being.

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Secretary-General of Muslim Council of Elders, Prosecutor of International Criminal Court reaffirm role of justice institutions in promoting peace

ABU DHABI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Ahmad Khan, have reaffirmed the role of justice institutions in promoting peace and human fraternity.

During a meeting at the Council's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, they discussed potential cooperation, diverse heritage of international law, and the Council's role in promoting peaceful coexistence.

Khan praised the Muslim Council of Elders under the Chairmanship of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb for its work in spreading peace and coexistence globally. He also recognised the Council's efforts in addressing a variety of humanitarian issues including: the Myanmar issue, the call for an inter-Islamic dialogue, the affirmation of women's rights to education, and the dispatching of peace convoys.

Khan noted the UAE's efforts in promoting peace saying that the 'Human Fraternity Meeting' in Abu Dhabi was a reflection of those efforts. He also emphasised the importance of disseminating the Document on Human Fraternity's ideals and seeking to reflect them in international laws and legislation.

Judge Abdelsalam said that the Council's mission to advance peace and human fraternity in Muslim and non-Muslim nations is a vision and a message that it proudly carries.

He also noted that the human fraternity document has today become a major source of interest and inspiration for many nations around the world. “In light of the difficulties our world is currently facing, there is a crucial role that institutions can play in fostering and sustaining both societal peace and religious freedom,” he added.

Abdelsalam praised the UAE in particular for its role in supporting initiatives that promote peace, tolerance, coexistence while countering hatred and human trafficking.

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Sharjah Ruler approves Islamic design for Al Dhaid University

SHARJAH, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, approved, on Monday, an Islamic design for Al Dhaid University, which will be built in addition to the existing building, and includes a mosque, a theatre and a group of various educational facilities.

This was announced by Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director-General of the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, through the “Direct Line” programme broadcast by the authority, displaying pictures showing the start of the Sharjah Department of Public Works working on the completion of the project on the ground, to enable the university to receive its students in the fall of 2024.

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