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The International Day of Tolerance commemorates, every year on November 16 to create public awareness on the dangers of intolerance.

The day is being celebrated ever since the United Nations marked the year of Tolerance in 1995. The date of November 16 was chosen as it is the anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO’s Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

The Declaration of Principles on Tolerance was adopted by UNESCO in 1995. This declaration highlights the virtues of respect for tolerance, diversity and difference of opinion by celebrating the International Day of Tolerance every year on 16th November.

This day, every year reminds us to think about the challenges posed by our differences and to look for ways to respect and live with one another’s diversity.

During the last two decades, the world has witnessed rising intolerance and lack of acceptance towards varied points of view, faiths and cultures.

To address this, we need to adopt tolerance and respect for diversity as positive cultural values. Only education from an early age, and cultivating tolerance at home, can make it part of our culture. We need to be open-minded and curious, but respectful to others in our homes, schools, workplace and other places of interaction, including online spaces.

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