"On the International Day of Tolerance, let us recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and let us pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue, social cohesion and mutual understanding."
Monday, November 16, 2015
November 16 is International Day for Tolerance, an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. See more here:
On its official website, it is stated that on the day of its fiftieth anniversary, 16 November 1995, UNESCO's Member States adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.
The Declaration qualifies tolerance not only as a moral duty, but also as a political and legal requirement for individuals, groups and States.
U.N. Secretatry General Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's said in a message:
In light of the very recent tragic attacks in Paris, the ongoing conflicts, violence, discrimination happening here in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, this year's observance of the International Day for Tolerance becomes more significant.
Promoting tolerance leads to deeper cultural understanding among the peoples of the world, forging closer ties and the celebration of diversity.
Overcoming racial and religious intolerance, and other forms of discrimination, is still as daunting as ever, yet there should be relentless efforts to do so.
Last week, it was reported that a segment on Fox News Monday about alleged racism at the University of Missouri turned into two panelists shouting at each other and drowning out host Megyn Kelly. - Read more at:
Another report said controversy marred the celebration of Veterans Day in Tulsa over the inclusion of a Muslim float in the parade. - Read more at:
What do you think of the 2 above-mentioned stories, is this diversity working?
What can people do when they are in disagreement with one another?
A candle in the dark. In the midst of the terror attacks in Paris on Friday night, one famous Paris bookstore, Shakespeare and Co., acted as safe refuge for 20 of its customers. A sign on its walls reads: "Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise." - Read more at:
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