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UAE's federation is a living success story: Sheikha Lubna

posted on 07/11/2005: 623 views

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Economy and Planning, has called on world leaders with global vision to curtail threats before they occur.

"We need to create new leaderships with a global vision and ethnic blindness to curtail these threats before they occur, and if they do to put an end to them in the shortest possible time with the least damage possible. Whether such threats are communicable diseases, ecological abuses, terrorist aggressions, misogyny or pedophilia, or ethnic cleansing and injustices, we need concerted efforts," she told the International Leadership Association Conference in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Titled "The Education and Moral challenges of Future Global Leadership- are we up to the race with the future?” the 5-day conference which concludes today, was also addressed by a number of world players on leadership issues.

Speaking about the UAE's leadership experience, Sheikha Lubna said: "Leadership helped us boast the presence of more than 150 nationalities who live in harmony and interact in a win-win situation." She went on to say: "Although our quantitative achievements are impressive, but our qualitative merits and ability to create leaderships across the whole domain is what distinguishes this truly unique country of mine."

The Minister described her country's federal experience as "a living success story of a brave and enlightened leadership." "We were seven different provinces which looked impressionistically similar, but were intrinsically different. However, with the political will, patience, generosity, we were molded into one country," she noted.

In her address, Sheikha Lubna pointed out that the congruity of the world has rendered it much more sensitive and vulnerable to external events and developments.

"We are moving head-on towards a 'new brave world' where the dichotomy between external and internal factors has dissolved, and any major event regardless of its locale is bound to emerge as an internal event everywhere else.

"The world community however is disintegrating into ethnic cocoons and our emphasis on ethnic identity is growing. This situation does not insulate us from emerging exogenous changes.

She said world community's ability to predict and contain common and quickly recurring threats time were slow and modest.

She noted that although the world was now endowed with better means and technological amenities to cope, those emergent situations were more frequent, and more menacing. Sheikha Lubna also said the issue of culture was given less importance than it actually merited.

She said she was impressed by the rising attention among world leaders to two issues, namely the attempt to foster dialogue and mutual respect among the leading faiths of the world and women.

"Inter-faith dialogue is now a major world forum, and it is sending a message of coexistence and tolerance. As a Moslem, I often suffer from the rooted Islamo-phoebia exhibited by some of the believers in other religions. In the media, words like Islamic terrorism, Moslem terrorists, Islamic treatment of women, etc... are negative "idols of the mind" which often justify cruelty against Moslems."

On women, the Minister maintained that they were the biggest victims of poverty, poor health, inequality, cruelty and illiteracy. "No more such a squalid state-of-affairs is tolerated or approached with idle arm-chair attitudes. The focus on culture and the continuous demonstration of women's capabilities and influence are alleviating stigmatic gender maltreatment and replacing that with a forceful and enabling environment for women." We could not, she added, have reached this far on the gender front and elevate an ever increasing number of women to leadership positions without working on the anti-culture. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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