09 December 2018

Ministry of Interior, Facebook launch “Neda Function”



The first stage of the app was launched today by Lt. General Saif Al Shafar, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, with the attendance of Alia Mohammed Saeed Al Kaabi, Head of the Family and Children Prosecution in Abu Dhabi, Colonel Faisal Sultan Al Shoaibi, Director-General of Strategy and Performance Development at the Ministry, and several of the ministry?s officials.

It was also attended by Dr. Hammad Abdullah Ali, Representative of the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, and Sarah Suhail, Director-General of Ewaa Shelters, along with several officials from various government agencies.

The app includes a “smart call” system, which will assist in searching for missing children.

The partnership between the two parties will enable the system to utilise the notification function on Facebook. The Child Protection Centre of the Ministry of Interior will firstly receive a report from authorities about missing children, including from the police general commands in the areas where a child was reported missing.

The centre is working with Facebook to adopt the system in the UAE.

Lt. General Al Shafar considered the launch to be a leading step in strengthening the ministry?s efforts to maintain security and safety, by benefitting from emerging technologies and social media applications.

He said that the UAE has a leading international reputation in dealing with child protection, which is one of the main priorities of its social policy. The ministry aims to further this approach, according to its working competencies, as well as to employ international expertise to promote child protection in the country, he added.

“The launch of the first stage of Neda is part of the ministry?s strategic initiatives that aim to promote child protection and utilise modern technologies. We will work on managing calls from police general commands in the country, and after taking the required measures, we will circulate their reports in the form of a call through Facebook in the areas where children have gone missing,” he added. /WAM