"Growing a Network - Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence - Oman's Message of Islam"

The United Nations (UN) is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.




On November 16 each year, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs hosts a meeting in Muscat, capital of Oman, with people in attendance from around the world who actively promote religious tolerance, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence, in order to exchange ideas and develop a common vision for the future. 

The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.

On the occasion of the UN Day of Tolerance (November 16) the Sultanate of Oman is hosting an international conference in Oman on "Growing a Network - Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence - Oman's Message of Islam".




Karimah Stauch, European URI Coordinator, was invited to participate in this convention. The assembly participants are asked to share insights and suggestions on how the message of peaceful coexistence can be spread to various sectors of society and places around the world.





Also 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.

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

The exhibition „Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence – Oman`s Message of Islam“ was nominate for this award. This exhibition has been hosted by more than 100 institutions in 25 countries from 2010.