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New York, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): International Day of Tolerance (IDT) was declared on Nov 16 by the UN General Assembly in the year 1996 after the United Nations declared a Year for Tolerance in 1995, media reports said.
During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town. Image credit: UN Photo (1982)
UNESCO created the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance on Nov 16 in 1995 to raise awareness of tolerance and as an anniversary of that Declaration, IDT is observed every year on Nov 16.
IDT is a reminder to the humanity the importance of tolerance and aims recognize that tolerance is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of others.
The United Nations' commitment to strengthen tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Additionally to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created an award 'UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence' to promote the spirit of tolerance or non-violence in fields such as science, culture, and the arts.
The prize is awarded every two years on the IDT Nov 16 to institutions, organizations or persons, with significant contributions to tolerance and non-violence.