Our world has a rich diversity of culture, language, religion and tradition. But this diversity often results in indifference, discrimination, violence and other forms of intolerance. International Day for Tolerance is a time to recognize and respect the rights of others and reflect on the negative effect of intolerance.

International Day for Tolerance 2017

International Day for Tolerance 2017 will be on Thursday, the 16th of November, 2017.

International Day for Tolerance is observed annually on the 16th November.

International Day for Tolerance Origin

International Day for Tolerance is a global observance established by the United Nations. In 1993, initiated by UNESCO, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 1995 as United Nations Year for Tolerance. On its 50th anniversary on November 16, 1995, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Member States adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. An action followed in 1996, when the UN General Assembly invited Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on the 16th of November.

The commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare and encourage tolerance among different cultures and civilizations is outlined on the 2005 World Summit Outcome document. The focus of International Day for Tolerance is to educate people about the need for tolerance and the negative effect of intolerance.

The Meaning of Tolerance

As affirmed by the Declaration, tolerance is not indulgence or indifference but respect and acceptance of the rich variety of our world’s culture. It is harmony in difference and a virtue that promotes peace. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights.

To promote tolerance and prevent intolerance, the most effective way is education. People should be taught about their shared human rights and freedom. In this way, people will be bound to respect and protect the rights of others.

International Day for Tolerance Observance

International Day for Tolerance is observed around the world with the following activities:

  1. Live discussions and debates focused on the negative impact of injustice, oppression, racism and discrimination on the society.
  2. Teachers conduct lectures centered on tolerance and human rights.
  3. Reading of textbooks and materials discussing the issue on tolerance.
  4. Providing online articles featuring tolerance such as UN Chronicle Online Education.
  5.  Dissemination of information through flyers, posters, newspapers and television raising people’s awareness about the importance of tolerance.
  6. Special training programs from workplace leaders.
  7. Activities like essay writing and storytelling about intolerance and its effect on people’s lives.
  8.  Human rights activists speak out on human right laws.

International Day for Tolerance 2018

International Day for Tolerance 2018 will be on Friday, the 16th of November, 2018.

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