International Tolerance Day 2012: Laying the Foundation for Lasting Peace


People hold hands as they play at a school near Kathmandu, Nepal, August 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Dr. Esther Brimmer serves as Assistant Secretary of State forInternational Organization Affairs.

Difference must not be a source of division, but of strength. That’s the core message of this year’s International Day for Tolerance. Tolerance is a way to disarm fear and to lay the foundations for lasting peace, and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is promoting tolerance through innovative education programs about the Holocaust and genocides throughout history. The United States is a strong supporter of this effort. 

On the occasion of International Day for Tolerance, I would like to share with you a recent UNESCO report entitled, “Why Teach About Genocide? The Example of the Holocaust.” This report stems… more »

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