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UNESCO celebrates International Day for Tolerance
UNESCO celebrated International Day for Tolerance (IDT) on November 16 along with other UN agencies.

The observance is being held since 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance marked by conferences, academic events and festivals.

According to the United Nations, the observance is dedicated to 'strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples'. Further, mutual tolerance is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

"The United Nations has launched a new campaign to promote tolerance, respect and dignity across the world. TOGETHER is a global campaign that aims to reduce negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants," states the UN.

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence has been instituted for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence. The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November. The Prize may be awarded to institutions, organizations or persons, who have contributed in a particularly meritorious and effective manner to tolerance and non-violence.

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