Wed 25-07-2018 15:27 PM
LONDON, 25th July, 2018 (WAM) — Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, stated that the UAE’s efforts to empower and integrate people of determination into the community is changing their lives and the lives of their families while making the country a tolerant environment that welcomes social diversity among its citizens and residents, who represent over 200 nationalities.
She made this statement while participating in the “Global Disability Summit” in London, UK, as part of the UAE’s efforts to enhance its institutional capacities and benefit from global experiences in supporting people of determination.
The summit highlighted the importance of enabling people with disabilities to participate in all sectors, with the aim of integrating and encouraging them.
During a session that explored the life experiences of people with disabilities, Buhumaid presented the UAE’s experience in empowering people of determination while highlighting the UAE’s keenness, since its establishment, to keep pace with the global developments related to supporting people of determination and integrating them in education, the economy and society.
She added that the country has ratified the “UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities,” which is clearly reflected in its laws, ministerial decrees and national policies, such as Federal Law No.29 for 2006 on the rights of disabled people while its children’s rights law is one of the laws that ensure the rights of children, including disabled children.
The Ministry of Community Development is currently preparing a comprehensive policy that aims to protect people of determination, in cooperation with relevant federal and local authorities and non-profit organisations, she said in conclusion.
WAM/Nour Salman/MOHD AAMIR