12.11.2010 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Tolerance, 16 November 2010

The stakes are high. In a world that is more connected than ever, where communication has never been so easy, and where the difference between the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ is but one click, tolerance must remain at the forefront of our thinking and action. It cannot be taken for granted. The International Day of Tolerance is a key opportunity for all of us to mobilize in this direction.

The dangers are real. Even as old dividing lines are disappearing, new walls between people and communities are rising – walls that are built of fear, prejudice, ignorance and hatred. Every day tells us the story that it is not enough to communicate – we must connect. It is not enough to exchange, we must share. Tolerance is the starting point.

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