International Day for Tolerance

November 16 in 1995, Member States of UNESCO adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited Member States on 16 November to mark the International Day for Tolerance (International Day for Tolerance), timing with appropriate activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

In recent years there has been a sharp rise in instances of intolerance, extremism and violence throughout the world. This alarming trend is partly fueled a growing trend to determine the differences in terms of identity, rather than in terms of opinions or interests.

As a result, individuals and entire communities have become targets of violence and cruelty but only by virtue of their ethnic, religious, national or other identity. Such threats, whether large-scale genocide or everyday humiliation because of prejudice, should cause concern for each person.

Each of us should strive to uphold the principles of pluralism, tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. We must always be ready to eliminate stereotypes and misconceptions, and to advocate for victims of discrimination.

On the International Day for Tolerance is necessary to find confirmation of the idea that diversity embodied in the thoughts, beliefs and actions, is a precious gift, not a threat. Need to strive for a more tolerant community, which is rooted in the life of this fundamental ideal.