New York (Web Desk): International Day for Tolerance is being observed across the globe today (Wednesday).
The theme for the day this year is "History, Significance, and Quotes".
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the day is observed to raise awareness about the importance of tolerance in society to guarantee the existence of mixed communities worldwide.
In 1996, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 51/95 proclaiming 16 November as International Day for Tolerance.
This action followed the adoption of a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance by UNESCO's Member States on 16 November 1995.
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.