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November 16 is observed as International Day for Tolerance.

Every year, November 16 is observed as an International Day of Tolerance. This is a United Nations (UN) declared day that aims at creating public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.

The main idea behind this day was to ensure that people are aware of the negativity that stems from intolerance. Therefore, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) came up with this day to promote tolerance as a staple of society.


In fact, in the year 1995, the UN had declared a “Year for Tolerance". And, in the same year, on November 16, the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance was formulated by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Moreover, the UN decided to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's 125th birth anniversary in 1995 by starting the commemoration of International Tolerance Day.

Madanjeet Singh, who was the UN goodwill ambassador, sponsored the celebrations back then. It is highly commendable that Singh contributed immensely in this project to bring communal harmony and peace.

Therefore, as a part of this noble initiative, UNESCO introduced an award to honour those individuals who facilitate the promotion of tolerance or non-violence through their behaviour and work in various fields. This award is known as the “UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize".

The theme of this day is based on the basic premise which says, “Tolerance is respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression, and ways of being human".


Keywords: World and Community, United Nations, International Day for Tolerance, Tolerance, Peace.


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