“In order to generate public awareness, emphasize the dangers of intolerance and react with renewed commitment and action in support of tolerance promotion and education, we solemnly proclaim 16 November the annual International Day for Tolerance,” states Article 6 of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

The document was prepared by the Member States of UNESCO’s meeting in Paris on 28th session of the General Conference, from October 25 to November 16, 1995.

“The Declaration qualifies tolerance not only as a moral duty, but also as a political and legal requirement for individuals, groups and States. It emphasizes that States should draft new legislation when necessary to ensure equality of treatment and of opportunity for all groups and individuals in society.”, the UN says about the document adopted 50 years after its foundation.