16 November INTERNATIONAL TOLERANCE DAY
With its Resolution 51-95 of 12 December 1996 the UN General Assembly proclaimed 16 November as the International Tolerance Day resulting from UNESCOs Declaration on Tolerance Principles. “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is a synonym of knowledge, open mindedness, way of communication and freedom of thought, conscience and beliefs”, Article One of the Declaration reads.
Today, in view of the globalization, mobility and interdependence in contemporary world, tolerance is needed more than ever as it helps societies to overcome accumulated prejudices and negative stereotypes. We all strive for dignified and equal treatment, dialogue and understanding”.
In fact real tolerance stems from the deep belief that multiculture is a fortune, not a disaster. Active tolerance starts in all of us, every day. It is a “weapon” in the fight against hatred, illiteracy, division and a precondition for sustainable development. Bulgaria has always been proud of its anti discrimination acts towards ethnical and religious groups. Our credo is to build a society without hatred and violence.
“Tolerance is an act of humanity, which we must nurture and enact each in own lives every day, to rejoice in the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together. This is UNESCOs message”, the newly elected Director-General of the Organization Audrey Azoulay declared on the occasion of the International Tolerance Day.