16 November: International Day for Tolerance

16 November: International Day for Tolerance

“Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our worlds cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.” - UNESCOs 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

It is this declaration which initiate, one year after, the proclamation of the International Day for the Tolerance by the General Assembly of the United Nations with the resolution 51/95. This date was chosen to celebrate the adoption anniversary of the Declaration.

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-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. At once both a moral virtue and a political principle, tolerance is a solid bulwark against racism and all other forms of discrimination.”, said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance


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