The title was conferred on Sharjah at a special ceremony at the UN Headquarters. Dr Tariq Sultan Bin Khadim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Thiqah Club for the Handicapped, and a member of Sharjah Executive Council, received the citation on behalf of Sharjah.
EMPOWER THE DISABLED
The recognition is a reflection of the efforts and initiatives of Sharjah’s leadership in supporting and caring for people with disabilities and an outcome of the initiatives to support and empower this important group of society, integrating them and granting them their full rights as equal stakeholders in the emirate’s progress.
The global title is yet another feather in the Emirate’s cap as it has already been recognised as the Age-Friendly City (2017) by the World Health Organisation, WHO, and Child-Friendly City by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, earlier this year. These titles yet again reinforce Sharjah’s reputation and image as a humane and people-friendly emirate that really cares.
“The achievement of the Emirate of Sharjah is an achievement for the UAE and of course for the Arabs in general. As we celebrate this honour today, we renew our commitment to making more constructive efforts in the service of our society, especially children,” she added.
Metin Senturk, President of the World Disability Union, said, “When my team went to Sharjah, they returned to me with their observations. All the comments I received were inspiring. In today’s meeting, I saw how thoroughly work has been conducted in Sharjah to make it an accessible city. And today, on the World Cities Day as designated by the UN, Sharjah should have been announced as a model city. I hope these exemplary efforts made in Sharjah will be replicated in other countries where our member organisations are registered. There’s a saying that I always repeat, ‘The world should not be designed for one type of person but for all humans,’ and this ideal has been realised by Sharjah. I hope to travel to Sharjah ASAP to tour around and see these efforts on the ground.”