The Library invites you to join us in observing the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November.
The United Nations (UN) introduced the International Day for Tolerance in 1996, following the UN Year for Tolerance, 1995. This day encourages us to respect, accept and appreciate the world’s diverse cultures and peoples. For more information, you can read the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.
In 1995, to commemorate the UN Year for Tolerance as well as the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO also created the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. The prize is awarded to those who have made significant contributions to tolerance and non-violence in the fields of science, arts, culture or communication. This year, the prize was awarded to the Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The CRC works to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate child soldiers and build mutual understanding between different communities through agricultural training.
As we observe this year’s International Day for Tolerance, let us show our appreciation for those who demonstrate the Principles on Tolerance and reflect on our own actions towards tolerance and non-violence.