November for Kindness, Peace and Tolerance

World Kindness Day

Paris Peace Forum

  • rebuilding a more sustainable world, with the common objective of bouncing back to a better planet and
  • redoubling efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and
  • put the Paris Agreement into action.

World Tolerance Day

  • Governments are responsible for enforcing human rights laws, for banning and punishing hate crimes and discrimination and for ensuring equal access to dispute settlement.
  • Laws are necessary but not sufficient for countering intolerance, greater emphasis needs to be placed on educating more and better.
  • Access to information : The most efficient way to limit the influence of hatemongers is to promote press freedom and press pluralism, in order to allow the public to differentiate between facts and opinions.
  • Individual awareness : Intolerance breeds intolerance. In order to fight intolerance individuals should become aware of the link between their behaviour and the vicious cycle of mistrust and violence in society.
  • Local solutions: When confronted with an escalation of intolerance around us, we must not wait for governments and institutions to act alone. We are all part of the solution.

Diwali

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