The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 21, 2020, co-sponsored by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, to declare February 4 as the International Day of Human Fraternity. This day commemorates the historic signing of the Human Fraternity document by Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb in Abu Dhabi in 2019. To mark this occasion, Global Village had the honor of hosting Nobel Peace Prize winner and child rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi as part of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity initiative. Kailash has been a leader in the fight against child exploitation, including slavery, and has rescued thousands of children from enslavement and ensured they receive fair treatment. Despite facing threats to his life, he has remained steadfast in his efforts and is a role model for people of all ages.
A special event was held at Global Village's Kids' Theatre, attended by children from some of the UAE's finest educational institutions, and hosted by popular Al Arabiya presenter Youssef Abdul Bari. After a brief speech by Kailash, sharing personal stories and the importance of reading, Youssef and Kailash engaged in a thought-provoking conversation on the relationship between fraternity and hope. Youssef asked why there is hope in youth when adults are the ones driving the world forward. Kailash replied that even as passengers, young people must have the courage to speak up if they believe the driver is not steering the world in the right direction. He emphasized the need for unity among young people across all lines to make the world a more sustainable, beautiful, and better place. The children present were able to ask questions and engage in the conversation, making it a truly enriching experience.
At Global Village, we are proud to support initiatives that promote solidarity and optimism in the human race and we believe that endeavors that foster togetherness, mutual respect, and human dignity should always take precedence. This special afternoon was a testament to that belief.