Islamabad - International Day for Tolerance would be observed today across the globe including Pakistan, to educate people about the need for tolerance in society.

According to private news channel, the International Day for Tolerance is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others. It is also a time of reflection and debate on the negative effects of intolerance. Live discussions and debates will take place across the world on this day, focusing on how various forms of injustice, oppression, racism and unfair discrimination have a negative impact on society.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly through a resolution had invited member states to observe the International Day for Tolerance with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

Earlier, the United Nations had observed Year for Tolerance in 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

The Day is observed to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and people.