Freedom, happiness, and satisfaction – all come under world peace. However, tolerance is a factor that requires different perspectives. World peace is a state when people from different countries develop a sense of harmony altogether. It is a way of creating one international community that can devote itself to a larger cause. It is a fact that when different countries interact, the benefits for all its citizens multiply. They get the chance to move freely for education, employment, or tourism without fearing cultural or discrimination disputes.
To achieve world peace, it is necessary to practice and preserve tolerance. Peace and tolerance go hand in hand as a result of which, several benefits around the world can be observed. Globalization is the most revolutionary benefit of world peace. It results in valuable outcomes, including developed economies, people’s freedom, cultural exchanges, reduced wars, and much more.
H.E. Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Jarwan established his name in the community-based world peace and tolerance with the same perspective. He was born on August 25, 1962, in Sharjah, UAE. His efforts in world peace-building and tolerance are immense. Moreover, his academic achievements are applaudable. Al Jarwan completed his Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Ville d’Avary, France. The journey of his career started when he joined the Armed Forces. There, he undertook several leading positions and left with the rank of Colonel, Engineer Staff, receiving the Military Service Medal. Afterwards, he began his career as a diplomat. He polished himself in different areas by taking different courses and joining different international programs. He completed an International Defense Management course at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He also enrolled in Georgetown University, the USA, to complete a diploma in leadership courses. The list of schools he attended included Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and Zayed University.
After retiring as the staff colonel Engineer, he was elected as member of the National Federal Council of the United Arab Emirates, from 2011 to 2019, where he worked hard to serve his country and contributed to achieving the goals of the council meeting the needs of his country, UAE.
The list of Al Jarwan’s success continued when he served as a member of the board of directors of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the founder and manager of Sharjah Old Cars, Club, Museum, and a member of the National Federation Council of UAE.
Al Jarwan was elected as the first president of the Arab Parliament for two consecutive rounds between 2012 and 2016 which proved to be a rich and fruitful chapter for Mr. Ahmad. During his first legislative term, he proved to be a great leader, visionary, mentor, communicator, and a change-maker. His achievements were visible and varied between the representation and definition of the Arab Parliament regionally and internationally. He played a vital role in different committees such as the Foreign Affairs Committee, Political Committee, and the National Security Committee.
He had a clear vision of the role of the Arab Parliament and its movement- the aim to work on the development and the evolution of the Arab nation.
Believing in human capital and its development, he organized many workshops and training programs to support Arab women along with several important issues.
He has proven to be a very important resource for UNESCO and formed a joint committee of the Arab Parliament, the Arab League, UNESCO, ISESCO and ALEXO.
The Arab Parliament has become an essential participant in all activities of international parliamentary organizations, especially the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Arab Parliamentary Union, Association of Senates, Shoora and Equivalent Councils in Africa and the Arab World, The African Parliament, The Union of the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, The European Parliament, The Latin American Parliament, The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, the Parliamentary Assembly – Union for the Mediterranean, and the Asian Parliamentary Assembly.
Global Council for Tolerance and Peace
Al-Jarwan has significant contributions in world peace building activities. He wanted to make a difference by preaching peace and tolerance to, if not all, then most of the population in his then residence. In 2017, Al Jarwan co-founded the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, along with eight other members at the international level (Ambassador Sam Zakhem, Dr. Fatlinda Tahiri, Dr. Hersh Chadha, Dr. Mufeed Chehab, Mr. Hugo Barabucci, Mr. Bourhane Hamidou, Mrs. Yenny Zannuba, and Mr. Joseph Ellul). It is headquartered in Malta and has privileges and immunities agreements with the government of Malta. The International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace is the legislative body of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace. The IPTP is composed of MPs representing their national parliaments. Meeting of the Parliament shall be held quarterly. It may be exceptionally held, if necessary. IPTP includes more than 90 countries. The International Parliament of Tolerance and Peace is a permanent observer in the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
The General Assembly is a gathering place for those who are concerned with tolerance, security and peace around the world, held every year, and concerned with studying ways to promote tolerance and peace, ways to overcome obstacles to the application of the standards recognized by the United Nations. It includes more than 50 universities, NGOs and hundreds of individuals.
The following year 2018, Al Jarwan was elected president of the General Union of Arab Experts, where he fulfilled the role impeccably. Three years later, he took the rank of president of the Paris Forum for Peace and Development, a French international non-profit organization based in Paris. The same year, he was also elected chairman of the Executive Office of the Arab Federations’ Forum.
He has been quite an active personality when it comes to international relations. He has also been received by many presidents of States, including the president of UNAOC, the president of Guatemala, the president of the Union of Comoros, the president of Armenia, the president of Indonesia, the president of North Macedonia, the president of Costa Rica, the president of Burkina Faso, and many others.
Al Jarwan’s list of achievements were recognized when he was named the Ambassador of Excellence and Powerful Leader by the Global Excellence Assembly. His efforts to preserve peace and tolerance were also honored in many ways. He received the Distinguished Humanitarian Award in 2020 by Marquis Who’s Who. Recently, he was awarded a Golden Medal from the Gran Gruz Category by the Government of Colombia in 2021. He was also featured in the Wall Street Journal and Millennium Magazine in 2021.
Al Jarwan’s journey has been a complete inspiration for other leaders as well. He is, in fact, a revolutionizer in the world of peace, a great leader and a businessman.