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International Day for Tolerance
16 November

UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

In 1995, to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created a prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

Established through the generous donation of the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer and diplomat Madanjeet Singh, the prize honors his lifelong commitment to the cause of peace and tolerance.

Madanjeet Singh passed away on 6 January 2013. The award of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence for the year 2013 will be postponed.

The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November. The Prize may be awarded to institutions, organizations or persons, who have contributed in a particularly meritorious and effective manner to tolerance and non-violence.

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