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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE

When is International Day for Tolerance in 2020?

International Day for Tolerance in 2020 is on the Monday, 16th of Nov (11/16/2020).

International Day for Tolerance is on the 321th day of 2020. There are 45 days left in the year.

International Day for Tolerance Facts

  • Date: Nov 16, 2020
  • International
  • Also Called: IDT
  • Celebrations: Doing campaigns and activities to teach the danger of intolerance.
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According to the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) statement, 'tolerance is the respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.'

The world is undergoing globalization which is transforming every society and exposing even the most indigenous of the cultures to other different ways of life. As this new interaction brings fourth constructive dialogues and intercultural exchanges, it also brings with it a wave of inequality, poverty, movements of people and unending civil conflicts. People are rejecting diversity as a weakness and opting for superiority classes and exclusive politics. Religions are waging wars on other religions in the name of spreading their beliefs.

In order to salvage the situation and to reduce the intolerance around the globe, UNESCO established the International Day of Tolerance to be marked globally on every 16th of November.

History of International Day of Tolerance

As the century drew to an end UNESCO hoped that the 21st century would unify all people in the world. The organization aimed at eradicating inequalities, prevent civil wars and achieve global tolerance across all cultures and religions.

As a way of achieving this great goal, the International Day of Tolerance was set aside. UNESCO would use this special day annually to check the progress of achieving peace, equality, and togetherness around the world. UNESCO works closely with all governments of its member countries in achieving global tolerance.

In 2005 annual UNESCO summit, the heads of States were tasked with the duty of improving human welfare in their States, grant their civilians constitutional freedoms and rights and work together with the international community to ensure uniform eradication of intolerance.

Each government should urge its citizens to practice tolerance as an act of liberation from the chains of ethnicity. That they should view the differences of others as their own and the Human Rights Charter provides for a diverse community. They should encourage the building of bridges through dialogue and not conquest and segregation. They should respect the beliefs of other people the way they expect other people to respect their own beliefs. This is because discrimination on one person is more like discrimination against all.

With these in mind, the governments have made commendable efforts and big strides in reducing intolerance in their individual countries.

How to Celebrate the International Day of Tolerance

The International Day for Tolerance is a time for you to learn the importance of tolerance, respect and recognizing other people’s rights and beliefs. Reflect on the negative effects of different forms of injustice such as racism, oppression, unfair discrimination, and religious conflicts and how they can be eradicated.

Educators and mentors take the opportunity of the day to teach their students the importance of tolerance at home, school or anywhere they are. The governments have ensured that the issues are included in the curriculum and the students have complete access to them.

The UN Chronicle Online Education produces articles on the importance of tolerance in the society. They use posters, flyers, articles, and broadcasts to pass information on that day. These activities are aimed at raising people’s awareness.

Other important activities organized in the community level include essays, dialogues, and confessions from victims of intolerance and how it changed their lives. Furthermore, the world recognizes all the victims of intolerance and their efforts to recuperate from the injustices done to most of them.

The day is also seized by human rights activists who take this chance to speak against intolerance and rebuke all the negative effects it comes with. They speak against discrimination of minorities and denial of human rights to activists.

International Day for Tolerance Observances

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2020

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 01, 2020Jan 01Global Family Day
SaturdaySatJan 04, 2020Jan 04World Braille Day
SaturdaySatJan 11, 2020Jan 11International Thank-You Day
ThursdayThuJan 30, 2020Jan 30World Leprosy Day
WednesdayWedFeb 12, 2020Feb 12Darwin Day
FridayFriFeb 21, 2020Feb 21International Mother Language Day
SaturdaySatFeb 22, 2020Feb 22World Thinking Day
SundaySunMar 01, 2020Mar 01International Day of the Seal
SundaySunMar 08, 2020Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 20, 2020Mar 20World Frog Day
SaturdaySatMar 21, 2020Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
SundaySunMar 22, 2020Mar 22World Water Day
MondayMonMar 23, 2020Mar 23World Meteorological Day
TuesdayTueMar 24, 2020Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 28, 2020Mar 28Earth Hour
ThursdayThuApr 02, 2020Apr 02International Children's Book Day
TuesdayTueApr 07, 2020Apr 07World Health Day
SundaySunApr 12, 2020Apr 12Yuri's Night
ThursdayThuApr 16, 2020Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
TuesdayTueApr 21, 2020Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
WednesdayWedApr 22, 2020Apr 22Earth Day
ThursdayThuApr 23, 2020Apr 23World Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Penguin Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunMay 03, 2020May 03World Press Freedom Day
TuesdayTueMay 05, 2020May 05International Midwives Day
FridayFriMay 08, 2020May 08World Red Cross Day
SundaySunMay 10, 2020May 10World Lupus Day
TuesdayTueMay 12, 2020May 12International Nurses Day
WednesdayWedMay 13, 2020May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
FridayFriMay 15, 2020May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 18, 2020May 18International Museum Day
ThursdayThuMay 21, 2020May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 23, 2020May 23World Turtle Day
SundaySunMay 24, 2020May 24World Schizophrenia Day
MondayMonMay 25, 2020May 25Towel Day
SundaySunMay 31, 2020May 31World No-Tobacco Day
WednesdayWedJun 03, 2020Jun 03World Bicycle Day
FridayFriJun 05, 2020Jun 05World Environment Day
MondayMonJun 08, 2020Jun 08World Ocean Day
SundaySunJun 14, 2020Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
TuesdayTueJun 16, 2020Jun 16International Day of the African Child
WednesdayWedJun 17, 2020Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SaturdaySatJun 20, 2020Jun 20World Refugee Day
SundaySunJun 21, 2020Jun 21International Yoga Day
FridayFriJun 26, 2020Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SaturdaySatJul 11, 2020Jul 11World Population Day
ThursdayThuJul 16, 2020Jul 16World Snake Day
TuesdayTueJul 28, 2020Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
ThursdayThuJul 30, 2020Jul 30International Friendship Day
SaturdaySatAug 08, 2020Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
SundaySunAug 09, 2020Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
MondayMonAug 10, 2020Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
WednesdayWedAug 12, 2020Aug 12International Youth Day
ThursdayThuAug 13, 2020Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
FridayFriAug 14, 2020Aug 14World Lizard Day
SundaySunAug 23, 2020Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
TuesdayTueSep 08, 2020Sep 08International Literacy Day
SundaySunSep 13, 2020Sep 13International Chocolate Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15Software Freedom Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 16, 2020Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SaturdaySatSep 19, 2020Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
MondayMonSep 21, 2020Sep 21World Gratitude Day
TuesdayTueSep 22, 2020Sep 22World Car-Free Day
TuesdayTueSep 29, 2020Sep 29Inventors Day
ThursdayThuOct 01, 2020Oct 01International Music Day
FridayFriOct 02, 2020Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SaturdaySatOct 03, 2020Oct 03World Temperance Day
SundaySunOct 04, 2020Oct 04World Animal Day
MondayMonOct 05, 2020Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SaturdaySatOct 10, 2020Oct 10World Mental Health Day
FridayFriOct 16, 2020Oct 16World Food Day
SaturdaySatOct 17, 2020Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SaturdaySatOct 24, 2020Oct 24United Nations Day
ThursdayThuOct 29, 2020Oct 29International Internet Day
SundaySunNov 08, 2020Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SaturdaySatNov 14, 2020Nov 14World Diabetes Day
MondayMonNov 16, 2020Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
ThursdayThuNov 19, 2020Nov 19World Toilet Day
SaturdaySatNov 21, 2020Nov 21World Television Day
WednesdayWedNov 25, 2020Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
MondayMonNov 30, 2020Nov 30International Computer Security Day
TuesdayTueDec 01, 2020Dec 01World Aids Day
WednesdayWedDec 02, 2020Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SaturdaySatDec 05, 2020Dec 05International Volunteers Day
MondayMonDec 07, 2020Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
ThursdayThuDec 10, 2020Dec 10Human Rights Day