International Day for Tolerance on November 16

The International Day for Tolerance is observed on November 16, 2020 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and several other international organizations. The 2020 edition of the day is being observed under the theme “tolerance is acceptance, respect and appreciation of world cultures and ways of being Human

Highlights

The day is celebrated so as to raise awareness about the importance of tolerance in the society. The day is aimed at raising the awareness among people about the negative effects of intolerance.

Background

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had adopted the resolution to observe the International Day for tolerance in the year 1996. As per the UNESCO, tolerance helps people to live together peacefully.

Madanjeet Singh Prize

The UNESCO had created this prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-Violence in the year 1995. It was started to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence is rewarded for the specific activities in the field of scientific, artistic, cultural or communication that are aimed at the promoting the spirit of tolerance and non-violence. The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance. It can be awarded to institutions, organizations or persons.

Madan Jeet Singh

He was an Indian diplomat born in Lahore of British India in the year 1924. He took part actively in the Quit India Movement of Mahatma Gandhiji in the year 1942. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in the year 1953 and served for countries including Greece, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Spain, Sweden, USSR and Denmark.