Day of Tolerance Celebration

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Celebrate the International Day of Tolerance on 16 and 17 November at 10 am ET with actors from the UN and its Member States, civil society, and multi-religious actors! Click here for the full program.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited Member States to observe November 16 as the International Day of Tolerance to promote mutual acceptance and peaceful coexistence, both among different communities and groups, through “activities in the scientific, cultural, and artistic or communication fields.”  To commemorate this Day, the Sultanate of Oman, in collaboration with the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, will organize two celebratory events on Tuesday, November 16, and Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

On Tuesday, November 16, under the theme of “Importance of Promoting Tolerance in Communities in Times of Crisis,” a roundtable with religious actors and faith-based institutions will be convened, highlighting their role in upholding and protecting the principles of tolerance and human rights. The UN mentions 5-factors in the fight against intolerance: law, education, access to information, individual awareness, and local solutions. Speakers will share their experiences and measures they have taken to ensure that tolerance is effectively promoted during times of crisis and reflect on their contributions to the broader 2030 Agenda.

On the second day, Wednesday, November 17, an interactive presentation titled “Whole of Society Approach: Shining examples of mitigating COVID-19 consequences” will bring together actors from the UN and its Member States, civil society, and multi-religious spaces to share best practices and mechanisms they have adopted in their local context to promote peace and inclusion amid the COVID-19 pandemic with examples centering around promoting vaccine equity, uptake and countering misinformation and hate speech.