CDA to join hands with UN in promoting human rights



Receives the United Nations Special Rapporteur

Mr Al Kamda with UN visiting delegationThe Community Development Authority (CDA) discussed partnering with the United Nations to promoting a culture of respect for human rights and steps to be taken by Dubai to further strengthen its role as a key ally in the global fight against violation of human rights.

At a meeting with Mr. Githu Muigai, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr Khalid Al Kamda, Director General, Community Development Authority in Dubai, also discussed how CDA can contribute to the elimination of racial discrimination. Mr Al Kamda received Mr Muigai and an accompanying delegation at CDA’s office.

Mr Al Kamda said that the meeting highlighted CDA’s efforts to strengthen Dubai’s profile in the field of human rights and is part of the organisation’s commitment to benefit from the expertise and successful experiences for global thought-leaders. Mr. Muigai briefed CDA on the objectives and responsibilities of the  UN Human Rights Committee.

The CDA team made a detailed presentation on the strategic plan in the field of human rights and issues and recommendations identified by its team. They also presented initiatives to address human rights concerns. They also highlighted the strategic objectives and the community development plans of Dubai through local programmes and international partnerships.

Mr Ahmed Al Muhairi, Acting Human Rights CEO; Mr Ghassan Khalil, Advisor on Social Policy and Strategic Planning and Human Rights Expert; Mr Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Chief Corporate Services; Mr Hamid Nasser Al Shamsi, Head of Government Communications; and Khalid Al Ramsi, Senior Strategic Expert, CDA, attended the meeting.

Community Development Authority (CDA):
The CDA is a government entity mandated with enhancing the social development in Dubai to achieve the Dubai strategic plan 2015 which was announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on February 2007.

The CDA will work towards promoting and raising the social standards in Dubai, and increasing the role of citizens in the community by cooperating with concerned entities in order to achieve the goals of the development sector and to develop the basic structure necessary for this.

The CDA will work on setting up the necessary policies and standards pertaining to social services providers based on its five strategic goals including promotion of national identity, social protection, social inclusion, social empowerment, and social cohesion in Dubai.


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