UNESCO International Tolerance Day
When is International Tolerance Day? This holiday is always observed on November 16
UNESCO International Tolerance Day is an annual event, celebrated around the world. The United Nations and UNESCO created and sponsor this November 16 holiday. The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This is especially needed in these times of war, terrorism, and disregard for human life. Countries around the world celebrate this day, by holding conferences, fairs, and other events to teach the meaning and importance of tolerance, and encourage individuals and groups to practice tolerance, respect, and dignity. Practicing tolerance toward others will help lead to peace.
According to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon: “The United Nations promotes tolerance as a matter of its fundamental identity. When tolerance is upheld, we encourage the world to emulate those fine examples. When tolerance is threatened, we must speak out.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
If you are in a position to do so, create an event for your company, organization, or group, to promote and teach tolerance. As an individual look for events on this day, where you can participate.
How to Celebrate UNESCO International Tolerance Day
- As individuals, practice tolerance, respect, and dignity towards everyone in your life, as well as those you meet.
- Support efforts by the Federal government and organizations to promote tolerance around the world.
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – – Confucius
History and Origin of UNESCO International Tolerance Day
International Tolerance Day was proclaimed in 1993 by the UN General Assembly. 1995 was declared the Year of Tolerance. Then, this day became an annual event, sponsored and promoted by UNESCO. In 1996, the UN issued resolution 51/95, encouraging all member nations to participate in this day.
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