International Day of Tolerance

In 1995, UNESCO declared November 16 International Day for Tolerance “because tolerance is not only a cherished principle, but also a necessity for peace and for the economic and social advancement of all peoples” (United Nations Charter).

The objectives of raising awareness of the dangers of intolerance include “sav[ing] succeeding generations from the scourge of war,…to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person,…and live together with one another as good neighbours.”