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United Nations Relations

UN Day of Tolerance Observed with Educational Programs in 3 Nations

UPF chapters held educational programs to mark the UN International Day of Tolerance, November 16, in Estonia, Pakistan and Russia.The UN considers tolerance not just a path to peaceful coexistence but also an engine for creativity and innovation as it allows cultures to share values and promotes a free flow of ideas

“In an increasingly globalized world – in which societies are growing more diverse – tolerance is central to living together,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to mark the International Day for Tolerance.

“In the face of economic and social pressures, some seek to exploit fears and highlight differences to stoke hatred of minorities, immigrants and the disadvantaged,” he added. “To counter the rise of ignorance, extremism and hate-based political appeals, the moderate majority must speak up for shared values and against all forms of discrimination.”

Starting in 1996, the General Assembly invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November each year, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

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