UAE Cabinet Adopts the Family Protection Policy

The UAE Cabinet welcomed the signing of the Riyadh Agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council under the patronage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, expressing confidence that this agreement will establish a new era of unified and effective work to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people.

The Cabinet affirmed the UAE's support for all efforts exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its leadership of the Arab Coalition in order to stabilize Yemen and allow it to regain it role in the region.

On a differen topic, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stressed that the UAE Government focuses primarily on strengthening social ties and the family fabric and emphasizes the concepts of unity and cohesion between all members of the society.

The Cabinet meeting was attended by His Highness Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. The Family Protection policy aims at preserving the family’s cohesion as the center unit in society.

The policy caters for women, children, the elderly, and people of determination to protect them from any type of violence and abuse. The policy regulates the procedures and mechanisms of work in institutions specializing in the field of domestic violence. It aims to unify concepts, forms and procedures thus contributing to a unified work frame.

The policy includes mechanisms for protection and intervention, development of legislation and laws, prevention and community awareness, standards for training of staff and increasing competencies, as well as studies, research and statistics.

A number of initiatives will be launched as part of the policy, most notably: the establishment of a unified database linking institutions concerned with family protection at the state level, introducing university disciplines in the field of family protection, establishing a standardized system for reporting and receiving complaints at the state level, as well as building and implementing standards for primary prevention, and the issuance of a law and strategy for family protection among others. In the legislative affairs, the Cabinet adopted during its session the executive regulation of the law of volunteer work.

The law aims to organize volunteer work in the UAE and promote in the UAE society establish community cohesion. The law includes the regulations and conditions for the practice of volunteer work, and registration of volunteering individuals, it also defined the obligations and the relevant authorities, as well as the terms and conditions of volunteering outside the country.

The Cabinet adopted the executive regulation of the Federal Law on Veterinary Products, which facilitates the licensing and registration of companies and factories, as well as veterinary products, and review technical reports received from international organizations or bodies on veterinary products and companies.

In the organizational affairs, the Cabinet approved the restructuring of the Emirates Post Group Council to be chaired by Mohammad Sultan Al-Qadi, with the membership of Tariq Ahmed Al Wahidi, Abdul Wahed Abdul Rahim Al-Olama, Majid bin Dalmouk Al-Falasi, Hessa Abdul Razzaq Belowma, Ahmed Mohammed Aqeel Qasim Al-Qasim, Ahmed Mohammed Al-Awadhi, and Tariq Abdul Qadir bin Hindi.

The Cabinet was briefed on the results of the second meeting of the Emirates Council for Climate Change and Environment 2019, as part of the follow-up on the completion of government projects and initiatives.

In international relations, the Cabinet adopted and ratified a number of agreements, which included ratification of an agreement between the Government of the UAE and the Government of the Republic of Suriname on the exemption of visa requirements for passport holders, the ratification of an agreement with the Government of Jamaica on arrangements for mutual visa exemption, an agreement with the Government of the Czech Republic on economic and technical cooperation, and an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on cooperation and mutual administrative assistance in customs matters.