ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior (MoI) recently showcased its child protection efforts during an international conference in Japan.
The involvement of the MoI in the field of child protection was highly acclaimed by the attendees. Several delegations including the United States, Canada, and Australia, expressed their intention to enhance cooperation with the ministry.
Held in Nagoya, Japan from September 14-17, the MoI’s delegation took part in the XXth ISPCAN International Congress (International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) under the theme “Towards child-centered societies: Learn from the past, act for the future.”
This participation personifies the UAE’s vision to become one of the safest places in the world for children.
Major Dr Mohammed Khalifa Al Ali, Member and Rapporteur of the Higher Committee for Child Protection, Director of the Child Protection Initiative (Head of delegation), said the participation is in response to the instructions of Major General Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection; who is keen to participate in such international efforts.
During the four-day conference, the delegation presented the MoI’s training programmes to enhance awareness for individuals who work in schools; the establishment, development, and implementation strategies of the MoI’s Child Protection Center; and the smartphone application “HEMAYATI,” which empowers parents to protect their children.
Major Al Ali said that attending this conference provided the MoI’s delegation with an opportunity to present and exchange viewpoints, ideas, and to showcase its practices and experiences in the area of child protection. “The conference sheds light on the various entities and scientific disciplines that undertake similar roles. Creative ideas unfold through direct interaction at scientific conferences and meetings, as well as during the debates held on the sidelines of the conference,” Major Al Ali said.