International Day for Tolerance 2022: Date, Theme, History, Significance, Facts & More

International Day for Tolerance 2022: It is observed on November 16 to spread awareness about the importance of tolerance in society and to make people understand the negative effects of intolerance in our lives.
International Day for Tolerance
International Day for Tolerance

International Day for Tolerance 2021: The objective behind celebrating the day is to create public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. UNESCO created a prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance in 1995 and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards important activities in the field of science, art, culture, or communication. Its aim is to promote the spirit of tolerance and non-violence. The UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 51/95 proclaiming November 16 as International Day for Tolerance.

Tolerance is an attribute that helps people to live together peacefully. Tolerant people accept the opinions of other people and listen to them. They show the strength that they can deal with different opinions and perspectives.

On International Day for Tolerance, various activities have been organised that target both educational institutions and the general public.

Even according to UNESCO's 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance "Tolerance is respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human".

International Day for Tolerance: History

The UN General Assembly in 1996 by resolution 51/95 invited the UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. Various activities were organised that are directed towards both educational establishments and the public on a larger scale. Let us tell you that, it is the initiative of UNESCO in the 1993 UN General Assembly to be followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995 proclamation. The UNESCO member states adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year on 16 November 1995.

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The World Summit that was held in 2005 also documented the outlines of the commitment of the Head of the State and Government to focus on human welfare, freedom, and progress everywhere. Further, to encourage, tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilisations, and peoples.

International Day for Tolerance: Theme & Significance

The International Day of Tolerance's official theme has not yet been announced. The significance of commemorating the day is to raise awareness about tolerance and its impact on cultures and socio-economic groups. The day, however, focuses on bridging any kind of gap between communities and sensitization. To make the world a better place to live in, tolerance should be encouraged on both a personal and professional level.

About UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

UNESCO developed a prize in 1995, to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and to mark the UN International Day for Tolerance to promote tolerance and non-violence. The Prize was named UNESCO’s-Madanjeet Singh Prize. It is awarded for significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields. Not only this but it can also be awarded to institutions, organisations or persons who have contributed to tolerance and non-violence in an effective manner. The Prize is awarded every two years on 16 November on International Day for Tolerance. 

Importance of Tolerance

Tolerance is one such quality that is considered the bedrock of society. Due to globalisation, people of different backgrounds, cultures, and faith life together. Therefore, establishing tolerance and harmony is an important factor. Tolerance generates a society in which people feel valued and respected. Every person has their own room with their own ideas, beliefs, thoughts, and dreams.

No doubt for a healthy and liveable society, tolerance is an essential aspect. One should respect other cultures, castes, colours or creeds. On the other hand, we can't ignore the fact that tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows patience and acceptance for others, whereas the others do not. Therefore, tolerance should be shown on both sides. Tolerance helps in personal development by opening yourself to listen to others and their ways of thinking.

Note: To respect and tolerate behaviour does not necessarily mean that you should compromise your principles or unwillingly accept others' ideas. We have to keep in mind that it is a fundamental human right.

Therefore, International Day for Tolerance celebration on 16 November focuses on tolerance behaviour and non-violence for the betterment of society.

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