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International Day for Tolerance

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International Day for Tolerance - 16 November

The International Day for Tolerance is marked every year on 16 November in order to create awareness about the principles of tolerance. It is a day for respecting the cultures, beliefs and traditions of others and understanding the risks posed by intolerance.

On 16 November 1995, the member states of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. The Declaration calls for celebrating an international day on the subject in order to educate people about the values of tolerance.


Photo: Some of the flags of UN member states flying outside the General Assembly building at UN headquarters in New York. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata)