International Day for Tolerance


The International Day for Tolerance is commemorated annually on 16 November following its introduction in 1996 by the UN General Assembly.

The Declaration of Principles of Tolerance proclaimed by the Member States of UNESCO in 1995 recognise that tolerance is not only a cherished principle, but also a necessity for peace and for the economic and social advancement of all peoples. The Declaration of Principles of Tolerance describe tolerance as respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference and an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.

The NSW Bar Association’s Best Practice Guidelines form a starting point for the commitments each Chambers may make to ensure that Chambers are a place of tolerance, free from harassment, discrimination and bullying, where barristers and staff can feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work.

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