16 November: International Day for Tolerance
The International Day for Tolerance was observed globally on 16 November 2016. The Day aims at educating masses about the need for tolerance in society and helping them understand the negative effects of intolerance.
In order to mark the day and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO instituted a prize in 1995 for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence. The prize, named as the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence, rewards significant activities in the fields of scientific, artistic, cultural or communication aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.
In 2016, the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence was awarded to Federal Research and Methodological Center for Tolerance Psychology and Education (Tolerance Center) of Russia.
• In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by its resolution 51/95 invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November.
• This action came in the wake of the United Nations Year for Tolerance 1995, proclaimed by the UNGA in 1993.
• On 16 November 1995, the UNESCO member states adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the year.