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  • Writer's pictureMr. Raza Abbas, Pakistan

UN International Day for Tolerance - 16 November - SDG/Global Goal 16

November 16 is celebrated as International Day for Tolerance | United Nations

‘Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human" Declaration of Principles on Tolerance

As career practitioners and career scholars how are we educating for tolerance with students, teachers, parents, employers and society at large in our careers practice and respective organizations?

Which are our role models of tolerance in the career services sector and society at large?

Most importantly how are we countering intolerance in all forms that sadly exist?

As professionals from career services sector, we should pro-actively assist young people develop capacities for independent decision, cognitive flexibility, critical rational and ethical reasoning. As the United Nations shares ‘The diversity of our world's many religions, languages, cultures and ethnicities is not a pretext for conflict, but is a treasure that enriches us all’.

With an education centered on tolerance and peace issues, tolerance-driven careers are in abundance sharing the leading ones: Communications specialist, a diplomat, opportunities with intergovernmental agencies or in the non-profit sector, policy officer, legal advocate, project manager, conflict resolution expert, trauma specialist, human resources, professor, psychologist, researcher, human rights officer, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, International Relations, United Nations Development Program • Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Specialist, Conflict Transformation Adviser, Psychologist etc.

Tolerance can be developed with a willingness to modify behaviour; accept change for greater public good; leading to a socially just society and global harmony contributing to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal- 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions)


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