International Day for Tolerance and Peace

International Day for Tolerance and Peace is celebrated worldwide every year on 16thof November. It was first established by the UNESCO in the year 1995 to be celebrated yearly worldwide on 16th of November. There are some principles related to the tolerance which was declared by the UNESCO and adopted by the people all over the world. It was confirmed by the declaration that the tolerance is neither pleasure nor lack of sympathy. It is the respect and admiration of the culture and way of life of the worldwide people.

Intolerance like injustice, violence, marginalization and discrimination should be avoided to develop the tolerance. Education is the best way to promote tolerance by removing the fear and mentality of exclusion of others. Youths of the world should be capable enough for their independent judgment, vital thinking as well as moral reasoning. Instead of being the diversity in the religions, cultures, languages, ethnicities of the people, tolerance is the better way to unite all people.

Tolerance makes able the person about the universal human rights as well as the fundamental freedoms for others. Naturally, the people worldwide are diverse; it is the only tolerance which makes sure the combined living of the people from mixed communities all over the world. Tolerance is not just an ethical duty, it is the political and legal necessity for the individuals, groups, States and etc. According to this, an equal opportunity should be emphasized to all groups of people in every state worldwide.

Fighting intolerance requires access to law, education, information, individual awareness and some local solutions to prevent it being global. The year 1995 was chosen by the UNESCO to mark the year for tolerance as well as the 125th birthday anniversary of the Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi in order to promote the tolerance and non violence. To effectively promote tolerance there is need to educate youths of the world about tolerance, human rights as well as their fundamental freedoms not only in the schools but also at home by parents, law-makers, offices and etc. Variety of debate activities on tolerance by people of all communities are take place worldwide. Tolerance is the wonderful instrument which can lead people of diverse culture and religion to get their ultimate objectives of living together peacefully and harmoniously.

A new campaign is launched every year on this occasion to close the remaining gaps of intolerance. The world wide general public should be aware about the dangers of intolerance, acts of intolerance, terrorism, violence, racism and etc which have affected the national, linguistic minorities, ethnic, migrant workers, religious, refugees and immigrants. Intolerance is observed as the big hazard to the peace and democracy as well as a barrier to the development.

Celebrating International Day for Tolerance every year is a great reminder to the people worldwide about the dignity and value of human being. It also encourages people to live peacefully. It offers more opportunity to evaluate the progress of whole year as well as highlight the areas required more awareness to make this world more tolerant and peaceful.

Purpose of Celebrating International Day for Tolerance and Peace:

  • It is celebrated annually to enhance the awareness about dangers of intolerance and its implications in maintaining the peace among people.
  • To promote more tolerance worldwide as it plays a crucial role in promoting peace, preventing and mitigating the conflict.
  • To make people more tolerant and nonviolent in their daily lives.
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