International Day for Tolerance, 16 November- Important (Download PDF)

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The objective of this day is to generate public awareness, emphasize the dangers of intolerance, and renew the commitment and zeal of action in support of tolerance promotion and education. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) solemnly Proclaim 16th November the annual International Day for Tolerance.

16 November the Annual International Day for Tolerance

Meaning of Tolerance as Declared in UNEsCO

  • Respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of cultures, expressions, and human-ways.
  • Fosters knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief.
  • Tolerance as harmony in difference is not only a moral duty; it is also a political and legal requirement.
  • Tolerance, makes peace possible- replaces the culture of war by a culture of peace.
  • Not a concession, condescension or indulgence but an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.
  • Tolerance upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism) , democracy and the rule of law.
  • Rejects dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.
  • Tolerance should not be used for social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one՚s convictions.
  • Tolerance implies to adhere to one՚s own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs.
  • Accepting human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour, and values, as they are.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2017

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