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International Tolerance Day

Date When Celebrated : Always November 16

International Tolerance Day is an annual event, celebrated around the world. It was created and is sponsored by UNESCO. 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.

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.

For more information see the entire Declaration of Principles on Tolerance


Origin of International Tolerance Day:

International Tolerance Day was proclaimed in 1993 by the UN General Assembly. 1995 was declared Year of Tolerance, and 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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