International Day for Tolerance

When, local time: 
Thursday, 16 November 2017 -
8:00am to 10:00pm
Type of Event: 
Special Event
Contact: 
Golda El-khoury, g.el-khoury@unesco.org

Every year on 16 November, the international community celebrates the International Day for Tolerance with activities that target both educational institutions and the general public.

The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. This action followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.