The International Day for Tolerance is marked every year on 16 November in order to create awareness about the principles of tolerance. It is a day for respecting the cultures, beliefs and traditions of others and understanding the risks posed by intolerance.
In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. This action followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.
WHY INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE IS IMPORTANT
- It’s educational
International Day for Tolerance is a great educational resource to help learn about how to be a more tolerant person but also the intolerances that may still be happening around the world.
- It brings us together
Inherently based on the idea that humans should come together rather than be divided, International Day for Tolerance is a day to celebrate the differences between cultures and creeds and appreciate what they bring to our lives.
- It reminds us it’s a constant effort
International Day of Tolerance is important because, although great strides have been made, more work needs to be done to eradicate intolerance throughout the world. By increasing awareness and spreading education on days such as this, it helps play an active role in the elimination of intolerance.
The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.