UNESCO's International Day for Tolerance Focuses on Individuals, Not Governments

November 15, 2004

Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty


On November 15, 2004 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, "While news headlines might give the impression that tolerance is in short supply these days, many examples of people of different backgrounds showing respect and appreciation for each other can be found. In honor of such efforts, UNESCO sets aside 16 November each year as International Day for Tolerance. The special day is to remind people that building tolerance is often a matter of community and individual work, and not just the responsibility of governments." The article went on to highlight contributions to tolerance and understanding by individuals around the world.