International Day for Tolerance

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The United Nations observes “International Day for Tolerance” on 16th November every year. The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.

The International Day for Tolerance aims to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance. It also creates awareness in people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) passed the resolution 51/95 and designated 16 November as the International Day for Tolerance. UNGA invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance. In 1993, UNGA proclaimed the United Nations Year for Tolerance as 1995. This was followed by an initiative of UNESCO, which adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and the Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.