International Day for Tolerance and Peace

International Day for Tolerance and Peace is celebrated worldwide every year on 16th of 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.

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.

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.

International Day for Tolerance and Peace 2019

The International Day for Tolerance and Peace will be celebrated with various summits and campaigns across the world on 16th November 2019, Saturday. UAE joined the world in celebrating the International Tolerance Day by organizing the ‘National Tolerance Festival’ which was a week festival starting from 09th November till 16th November 2018.

The first ‘World Tolerance Summit 2018’ was also organised in the Dubai from 15th to 16th November. The aim of the summit was to promote tolerance and respect for international communities on a local and global basis.

The theme for this year summit was “Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration”. More than 1000 senior officials, students and leaders around the world attended the summit and discussed the role of tolerance in fighting discrimination. One of the most interesting things which happened during National Tolerance Festival was that all the telecom providers changed their network name in mobile phones to ‘UAE Tolerance’ to observe the International Day for Tolerance and Peace.

The United Nations hosted an event on the occasion where special screening of short films created by the ‘2018 YouTube Creators for the Change’ programme was organised. The event screened the videos which were made on various issues to give a positive impact on the world.

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

In 1995, UNESCO established a prize for promotion of tolerance and non-violence and named it as Madanjeet Singh Prize for Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence, recognizing the lifelong works of Madanjeet Singh, who was an Indian writer, artist, diplomat and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.


The prize is awarded every two years to institutions, organizations and persons as recognition of their contribution in promotion of tolerance and non-violence with a prize amount of $100000. In 2018 the award was given to Manon Barbeau, a Canadian filmmaker and a social entrepreneur, and to Coexist Initiative, a NGO which is working to end the violence against women in Kenya.

How it Should be Promoted More Effectively

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. The world wide campaign of the tolerance and non violence has been launched by the UNESCO in the year 1995 to make it more the tolerance and trust effective for all groups of people of diverse communities.

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.

Why it requires to be Celebrated Annually

16th of November has been fixed as an annual occasion to celebrate as an international day for tolerance and peace for tolerance education as well as make aware the people socially and politically through debate over the local and international problems of the intolerance. 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 16th November as an 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.

United Nations ‘TOGETHER’ Campaign

United Nations has launched a new campaign named ‘TOGETHER: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All’. It aims to promote dignity, tolerance and respect across the world. It also aims to reduce the negativity and disrespect against the refugees and migrants by increasing the collaboration and strengthening social bond between countries.



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