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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 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01Global Family Day
FridayFriJan 04, 2019Jan 04World Braille Day
FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16International Day of the African Child
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
WednesdayWedJun 26, 2019Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16World Snake Day
SundaySunJul 28, 2019Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2019Aug 04International Friendship Day
ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
SaturdaySatAug 10, 2019Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12International Youth Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2019Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
WednesdayWedAug 14, 2019Aug 14World Lizard Day
FridayFriAug 23, 2019Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SundaySunSep 08, 2019Sep 08International Literacy Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15Software Freedom Day
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
ThursdayThuSep 19, 2019Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
SaturdaySatSep 21, 2019Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SundaySunSep 22, 2019Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Inventors Day
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01International Music Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2019Oct 04World Animal Day
SaturdaySatOct 05, 2019Oct 05World Teacher's Day
ThursdayThuOct 10, 2019Oct 10World Mental Health Day
WednesdayWedOct 16, 2019Oct 16World Food Day
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
ThursdayThuOct 24, 2019Oct 24United Nations Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29International Internet Day
FridayFriNov 08, 2019Nov 08World Town Planning Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Philosophy Day
SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
TuesdayTueNov 19, 2019Nov 19World Toilet Day
ThursdayThuNov 21, 2019Nov 21World Television Day
MondayMonNov 25, 2019Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SundaySunDec 01, 2019Dec 01World Aids Day
MondayMonDec 02, 2019Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
ThursdayThuDec 05, 2019Dec 05International Volunteers Day
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2019Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
TuesdayTueDec 10, 2019Dec 10Human Rights Day