Signing a charter for tolerance among 25 news agencies, including the National News Agency

DUBAI [WAM] - Twenty-five Arab and international news agencies signed the "Charter of News Agencies for Tolerance" upon an invitation by the Emirates News Agency (WAM), including the National News Agency, in the presence of Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council, NMC, on the sidelines of the first day of the World Government Summit in Dubai.

Dr. Al Jaber stressed that the summit is a global platform for foreseeing the future and improving government performance, through an innovative approach that focusses on finding practical solutions that will create a bright and positive future for humanity, due to the vision, supervision, monitoring and participation of the wise leadership.

He added that the seventh edition of the summit has acquired significance, as it emphasises pivotal and strategic trends, such as technology and its impact on future governments, health and quality of life, the environment and climate change, trade and international cooperation, education and its relationship with the labour market and future skills, the media, and communication between governments and the people, as well as the future of individuals, communities and policies.

Commenting on the charter, he further added that tolerance is among the UAE’s traditional values, which it has sought to promote through institutional work, ensuring the achievement of tolerance-related goals and promoting noble values in all areas of life among individuals and communities.

Al Jaber also pointed out that the signing of the charter is in line with the NMC’s commitment to participating in the summit to reinforce the culture of positive thinking and promote openness, cooperation and tolerance in various countries.

Director of the National News Agency in Lebanon, Mrs. Laure Sleiman, signed on its behalf at the signing ceremony in the presence of the National Media Council Director General Mansour Al-Mansouri, the Executive Director of WAM, Mohammed Jalal Al Raisi, and presidents and directors of regional and international news agencies.

The charter was signed by WAM, the Saudi News Agency, the Bahraini News Agency, the Kuwaiti News Agency, the Yemeni News Agency, the National News Agency of Lebanon, the Jordanian News Agency, the Sudan News Agency, the Federation of Arab News Agencies, the Middle East News Agency, the Cyprus News Agency, Trend News Agency, the Kyrgyz National News Agency, the Latin American News Agency, the Bulgarian News Agency, the Portuguese News Agency, (Lusa), the EFE Spanish News Agency, the National Malaysian News Agency, (BERNAMA) Sputnik, Indian PTI, the Philippine News Agency, the Associated Press of Pakistan, INX Platform, and the Slovenian Press Agency.

The terms of the "Charter of the News Agencies for Tolerance" include the high importance of the "2019 World Government Summit", the key themes discussed in the industry of the future of the world and the role of the media in developing its tools by providing technologies and innovations that support the media content industry for the benefit of humanity.

Additionally, the Charter emphasizes that the principles of tolerance deserve continuous media attention to highlight their role in realizing the values of peaceful coexistence among peoples according to their religions, sects, and notions, alongside their role in achieving sustainable development and contributing to the building of tolerant societies and the development of civilizations and instilling values and principles of cultural and religious tolerance.

The Charter stipulates the enhancement of the media content associated with tolerance and the use of media tools to raise the level of this content and to highlight the global successes in promoting this value to serve humankind based on the positive impact of tolerance in protecting peoples from falling behind hatred, fanaticism and sectarianism.