The UAE is set to host the first session of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities: Child Dignity in the Digital Age Forum on 19th and 20th November.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the forum will host 450 guests including religious leaders, NGOs and heads of industry to enrich discussions on social challenges and develop comprehensive solutions for protecting youth from cybercrime.
The forum coincides with Universal Children’s Day with the participation of Professor Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar; His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of the Eastern Orthodox Church; His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria; in addition to number of other religious leaders.
The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities Forum is an expansion of the Child Dignity in the Digital World Congress which was held in October 2017 in the Vatican, and resulted in the Rome Declaration endorsed by Pope Francis. During the congress, the UAE was identified for its reputation for tolerance, and was consulted with to host an international forum to highlight its commitment to developing interfaith dialogue. These efforts resulted in the formation of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities which will have its first event addressing the issue of child dignity online.
The forum is supported by Al Azhar, and is held in partnership with a number of global entities and organisations including UNICEF, The Child Dignity Alliance, Arigatou International, The Global Network of Religions for Children, End Violence Against Children, Religions for Peace International, WePROTECT Global Alliance, The Center for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Al Azhar University, World Vision International, Shanti Ashram and International Justice Mission.