The International Day for Tolerance affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference, but rather respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures and forms of expression. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedom of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.
The Member States of UNESCO adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance on 16 November 1995 – the 50th anniversary of the organisation.
The UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 51/95 in 1996, and invited the UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. Tolerance is described as not only a moral duty, but also as a political and legal obligation for all individuals, groups and Member States. It places tolerance in relation to the international Human Rights Instruments drawn up over the ...