UN Celebration of International Day of Tolerance

Since 1996,
November 16th has been designated as the
International Day for Tolerance. The yearly recognition of this day continues
to hold relevance, especially as we find ourselves in a world where violent
extremism is on the rise, where there is no foreseeable end to armed conflicts,
where differences in race, religion, gender, social-status, etc. are often
enough to trigger violent—and sometimes deadly—outbursts.
Every two
years on this day UNESCO awards the Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of
Tolerance and Non-Violence. This year, the award goes to the Federal Research
and Methodological Center for Tolerance Psychology and Education of Russia,
which creates educational programmes to promote dialogue between youth with
different religions and worldviews.
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